Today in Aviation History – First British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2 Delivered to the Royal Navy

Art Nalls in his Sea Harrier FA2 from the 2011 Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show. This is the world's only privately-owned, flyable Harrier of any kind and Art and Team SHAR achieved a major milestone in 2012 as they passed the 100th flight of the Sea Harrier since it arrived stateside in 2006! Be
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Art Nalls in his Sea Harrier FA2 from the 2011 Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show.  This is the world's only privately-owned, flyable Harrier of any kind and Art and Team SHAR achieved a major milestone in 2012 as they passed the 100th flight of the Sea Harrier since it arrived stateside in 2006!  Be
Art Nalls in his Sea Harrier FA2 from the 2011 Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show. This is the world’s only privately-owned, flyable Harrier of any kind and Art and Team SHAR achieved a major milestone in 2012 as they passed the 100th flight of the Sea Harrier since it arrived stateside in 2006! Be

By Aviation Enthusiasts LLC

Twenty-one years ago today (April,2 1993), the British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA2 was delivered to the Royal Navy.  The Sea Harrier FA2 (informally known as the “SHAR”) was a single-seat, Vertical/Short-Takeoff and Landing (V/STOL) fighter aircraft optimized for shipboard operations.  British Aerospace upgraded 33 surviving Sea Harrier FRS1s to FA2 standards, with a batch of 18 new FA2s being delivered between 1995 and 1998.  The FA2 upgrade of the original Sea Harrier FRS1 involved changes to the airframe, cockpit, avionics, radar and armament.  The most obvious change with the FA2 was the Blue Vixen radar mounted in a new radome.  The new pulse-Doppler radar featured lookdown/shootdown capability, track-while-scan, multiple target tracking and improved surface target detection capabilities.

The FA2 was the first UK aircraft to carry the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).  The pairing of Blue Vixen and AMRAAM gave the FA2 a true Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air interception capability.  The Rolls-Royce Pegasus Mk 106 powerplant offered a slight thrust increase and improved thrust at lower operating temperatures.  Sea Harrier FA2s participated in deployments to the Adriatic Sea and Persian Gulf before being retired from service in 2006.

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Moreno-Aguiari

Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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