Exhibit - Harrier Jump Jet 2002
Flying the aircraftI love Harriers. They are noisy aircraft, and they are fun to watch doing their unique 'Harrier moves', like hovering, of course, and even flying backwards.
All the more dissapointing then that this collection of Harriers - nearly 20 of them ! - can't be flown as Harriers!
For a start the VIFFING doesn't work as expected - more HERE. If you do use it it feels like an arcade effect and of course you can't actually hover.
OK, - so there's still a great collection of Harriers to fly as conventional aircraft, right? Well.. not quite.
The linking of flap settings to the thrust vector makes normal takeoffs and landings very difficult. The Harriers have a suspiciously long glide time for a stubby winged jet, s it can be quite difficult to bleed speed off on final approach - and of course you can't use the flaps or you shoot skywards!
The aircraft I most enjoyed flying was the Pucara.
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