Mon, Jul 21, 2008
Bring In Da NOISE!
A loud and proud crowd favorite will return to the grounds at
Wittman Field. The US Marine Corps AV-8B "Harrier II" jump jet will
appear at EAA AirVenture 2008, making demonstration flights during
the EAA's 56th annual fly-in, scheduled for July 28-August 3 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The Harrier is scheduled to arrive on Monday, July 28, and
depart following the daily air show on Wednesday, July 30. It will
perform its ever-popular flight demonstrations during the EAA
AirVenture air shows on July 28-30. (Note to anyone within
about a 1/4-mile radius of show center: bring earplugs... or not,
since the noise is part of the fun --
The AV-8B Harrier II is designed for combat air support, as well
as combat air patrol, missions against ground defenses and armed
escort. The single-seat fighter is 46 feet long with a wingspan of
30 feet. It can reach transonic speeds and has radar systems
similar to those found in F/A-18 fighter jets.
The Marines first deployed the Harrier II in 1985, with the
upgraded AV-8BII Plus model introduced in 1993. The aircraft is the
latest descendant of the original British Harrier jump jet that
first appeared in the early 1960s.
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