XZ494 Harrier – restoration

Harrier XZ494

The Harrier was purchased about 10 years ago by my friend Neil Banwell. I met him about 3 years ago and said I would be interested in cleaning the Harrier and from there on I have moved to restoring it. I have attached some photos from when Neil first purchased it to how it looks now. There is still more to do, and we are still looking for bits, so if you know of any, I would be very interested in them.    Cris.

XZ494 arriving at its home in Somerset, not far from where it was based at RNAS Yeovilton

XZ494 as purchased from Everett Aero.
XZ494 in its hanger with the Pegasus Engine
XZ494 being sprayed before delivery.
The cockpit after some restoration, still missing items to complete the cockpit

When removing a panel, I found this written on the inside. If you could shed any light on this I would be greatly pleased.

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3 Replies to “XZ494 Harrier – restoration”

  1. The lower central cockpit panel may be hard to source as it was for ‘ Special Weapons ‘ – ie the WE177 nuclear bomb supposed to be used in a loft / toss delivery; at airshows a blank was fitted over it before people were allowed to see the cockpit, I had two sets of cockpit photo’s I’d taken, ‘ public use ‘ and ‘ classified ‘ – though someone at Kingston PR was found to be dishing out the classified version to all and sundry, which did not amuse John Farley ! Best go with a blank I think, and it would save a lot of work.

  2. I am in the process of assisting in the assessment and if practical the re-assembly of XZ131? an ex 4 Sqn GR3. I am looking for contacts for Maintenance Manuals and Support Equipment
    I have not seen the package yet but expect to meet with the owner in early April 2020.

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