• Short Summary

    Two world records for Britain's revolutionary "Jump Jet" -- the Hawker Siddeley Harrier -- were claimed on Tuesday (January 6) when the first of twelve Harrier fighters was handed over to the United States Marine Corps in Dunsfold air base, near London.

  • Description

    Two world records for Britain's revolutionary "Jump Jet" -- the Hawker Siddeley Harrier -- were claimed on Tuesday (January 6) when the first of twelve Harrier fighters was handed over to the United States Marine Corps in Dunsfold air base, near London. It is the first time since World War 1 that operational military aircraft built in the U.K. have been sold to the United States.

    In a demonstration flight a Harrier reached a height of 45,800 feet (13,900 metres), which Aviation Supply Minister Mr Fred Corfield said was a new world height record for a jet aircraft capable of supporting itself on pure jet lift.

    The Harrier took less than two-and-a-half minutes to reach 40,000 feet (12,200 metres), establishing a new world height-time record for such aircraft.

    Major-General Homer Hill, Deputy Chief of Staff (Air) of the U.S. Marine Corps, described the Harrier as "the answer to a dream". The U.S. Congress has approved an order of 18 more of the vertical take-off jets, bringing the total sales value to over 50 million sterling (120 million dollars).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA4U50QEMI23XCCAWX4J7Y1RF6
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4U50QEMI23XCCAWX4J7Y1RF6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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