British Harrier rotating around it’s axis on engine flight before transitioning to wing flight
British Aerospace Harrier II demonstrating some of its trademark manoeuvres including hovering on engine power prior to transitioning to wing flight. These were built by BAE and McDonnell Douglas. These aircraft have now been retired and thus it was a very nice rare occasion to see one of them in a live demonstration these days. These are being replaced by the much more advanced F-35B by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics that supports STOVL but not VTOL. However, the F-35s are in orders of magnitude easier to control than these. The Harriers required manual control which involved carefully balancing the aircraft during hover mode, while the F-35B can do so automatically and only respond to the pilot's control input.
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