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Bravo Two Zero 
Andy McNab
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Hornets over Kuwait 
Jay A. Stout
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It Doesn't Take a Hero 
H. Norman, General Schwarzkopf
(Amazon.UK)
Storm over Iraq :
Air Power and the Gulf War

Richard P. Hallion
(Amazon.UK)
Into the Storm : A Study in Command 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks
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Crusade : The Untold
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Gulf War
 
Rick Atkinson
Strike Eagle : Flying the
F-15E in the Gulf War
William Smallwood
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The Generals' War : The
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Michael R. Gordon,
Bernard E., General Trainor
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Every Man a Tiger 
Tom Clancy,
Frederick M. Franks
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AV-8 Harrier

Wingspan:
30 feet, 3 inches
Length:
46 feet, 3 inches
Height:
11 feet, 7 inches
Weight:
31,00 lbs maximum
Speed:
630 plus
Range:
1,700plus Nautical mile (transit)
Power:
1 Rolls-Royce Pegasus II F-402-RR-406 vectored thrust Turbofan engine

Armament:

25mm Cannon (A mix of the following depending on mission:)
AIM9 Sidewinder
Cluster Bombs

Crew:
1
Service:
Marines

*The Harrier "jump-jet" is a vertical-take off and landing aircraft that was designed by the British over a decade ago. The U.S. Marines use this plane to support their forces on the ground and also in a fighter role against enemy aircraft. The Harrier is a combat veteran in the Falklands War of 1982 and proved essential to the British victory.

Iraqi Counterpart--

No comparable aircraft

Actions in Desert Storm--

In close-air support missions, the Marines found the Harrier a capable aircraft effective in eliminating the menacing artillery barrages that were launched in the early days of Desert Storm. When the ground war began, Harriers were used to help breach the defenses of the Iraqi Army. Operating from Amphibious vessels off-shore and from small runways and land strips inside Kuwait, the AV-8 attacked Iraqi tanks and artillery while Marines took Iraqi P.O.W.'s. The AV-8 was essentially combat tested in the Falklands, but Operation Desert Storm has certainly shown many American commanders the capabilities of a vertical takeoff attack aircraft.

Eighty-six AV-8Bs were deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. Aircraft were based on the USS Nassau, the USS Tarawa, along with in Saudi Arabia. Harriers flew 3,342 sorties in more than 4,317 flight hours.


Learn more about the Harrier:

Sea Harrier over the Falklands : A Maverick at War
by Sharkey, Commander Ward

Boeing/Bae Harrier
by Dennis R. Jenkins

The Harrier Story
by Peter E. Davies, Anthony M. Thornborough (Contributor)

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