Harrier NATO Exercise.

May 15, 2011

NATO exercise between the Royal Navy and the Spanish Navy (in Spanish, Armada Española) with the Harrier. The aircraft’s official name is Matador, although the distinctive large air intakes led to the nickname “Cobra”. All of the AV-8Ss were operated by 8 Escuadrilla (8 Squadron), based at Naval Air Station Rota, as were all other Spanish Naval Aviation Squadrons. After the sale of the two TAV-8S aircraft in 1996, US Marine Corps instructors at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, trained the Spanish Harrier pilots. After delivery of the sole TAV-8B of the Spanish Navy in June 2001, Spanish Harrier pilots can receive their training at NAS Rota. But Spanish Harrier pilots in the making still have to travel to the United States as all initial flight training is conducted with the T-34 Mentor and T-45 Goshawk training squadrons of the US Navy. Four EAV-8B Day Attack Harriers continue to operate next to the EAV-8B+ variants with 9 Escuadrilla, although the Spanish Navy is looking into a small upgrade of these aircraft. This upgrade would not give them the AN/APG-65 radar of the EAV-8B+, but would include the F402-RR-408 engine and some of the targeting systems.


9 Responses to “Harrier NATO Exercise.”

  1. jonathangunstar on May 15th, 2011 3:12 pm

    We have our OWN aircrafts , the CN-212, CN-232, CN-295, C-101 , many armys nad navys in the world used our aircrafts, including the United States 🙂

  2. Kremlin60 on May 15th, 2011 4:07 pm

    hehe, seamen…. hehe…

  3. theCars07 on May 15th, 2011 4:21 pm

    Spain should try and make their OWN aircrafts.

  4. vladimir2366fa on May 15th, 2011 5:11 pm

    Buíochas leat, Físeáin an-deas,??????

  5. manodehielo on May 15th, 2011 5:16 pm

    From Spain… I love this fighter and we have very good pilots. Probably, this plane is the best contribution of UK to the aviation.

    Good video

  6. mollyisagooddog on May 15th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! The good old days. I look back at my time in the ‘mob’ with pride now but there were times when it just wasn’t fun at all. But I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. I remember when Punctious was a pilot. Do you go back that far?

  7. trekker308 on May 15th, 2011 6:34 pm

    Cheers ‘Gooddog – I worked on the nav & w/guidance systems when it still had a P number and I was an apprentice [some little time ago :-))]

    Thanks and HNY!!

  8. FlytheUnionJack on May 15th, 2011 6:43 pm

    nice video, love the harrier

  9. gmspurs on May 15th, 2011 7:28 pm

    love it mate! Was very lucky earlier in the year to get a refuelling flight in a tristar, got to fly alongside this beauty!

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