Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: BAe Harrier II GR.Mk 7s.
This was the same variant as that featured on this page.
BELOW: A later variant of the BAe Systems Harrier. This is a GR.Mk 9.
Aircraft Type and Background
RAF BAe / McDonnell Douglas Harrier II GR.Mk 7 / ZG861
Ground Attack / Surveillance / Reconnaissance (V/STOL close support) Aircraft.
The GR. Mk 5s and 7s were designed with a wider (composite) wing than their predecessors. They were also equipped with more advanced avionics, including a moving map. Externally, wing pylons were added for Sidewinder missiles.
[Above data based on information contained in the book: Attack and Interceptor Jets by Michael Sharpe © 2001 Grange Books.]
Aircraft Accident Details
As he was losing altitude rapidly, the pilot decided to eject. The aircraft continued its descent until it crashed in a wooded area a few miles from the town of Newton Stewart.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: Harrier ZG861 crash scene near Gelston, Dumfries and Galloway.
Photo: 1997, source unknown.
BELOW: Fragmented wreckage from Harrier ZG861.
Upfront Controller (UFC), Master Warning and Master Caution lights panels that sit in front of the Head Up Display. [This information kindly provided by Kirk Daly.]
(See avionics system).
Photo: © 1997-2013 RAF Mountain Rescue Team
Accident Specific Links
Harrier Aircraft Links
RAF and Related Links
Harrier low level flying in Wales. (YouTube cockpit video / no sound.)
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Harrier GR.Mk 7 ZG861
Gelston, Dumfries and Galloway