The legacy of the Dunsfold Harriers goes far and wide. 50 years on, and the Harrier is still flown in American skies. Significantly the point is made that the Harrier was the only non-US aircraft used by the US Military since World War 1.
This story shows the passion of one man for the Harrier. Art Nalls has had a life long dedication to flying. His addiction to the sky has lead him to an honourable military career and an even more adventurous retirement. Nalls has had the unique opportunity to purchase his own British Harrier Jump Jet. Now this retired Lt. Col test pilot uses his passion for flight to help preserve military history with the maintenance and upkeep of the last three remaining Sea Harriers.
Above: 14 May 2017, XZ439 in Pittsburgh, at the Pennsylvania Airshow
XZ439 early history: BAe & A&AEE development aircraft. First aircraft to ramp launch at sea on 30 Oct 1980. Delivered to RN 19 Apr 1982. Converted to FRS.2 (FA.2) in Oct 1989 as second development aircraft. Shot down three QF-106 drones during AMRAAM trials in 1993. Departed St Athan by road 11 Nov 2004 to Everett Aero at Sproughton. Sold to Art Nalls who plans to fly the aircraft in the USA. Shipped from Seaforth Docks during Feb 2006. Allocated US civil registration N94422. Made its first US air show appearance 11 Oct 2008.