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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS/BRITISH AEROSPACE HARRIER 2
US-marine corps designations:AV-8b and TAV8b
Single-seat v/stol close support,battlefieldinterdiction,nightattack and reconnaissance aircraft.
Early background given in several previous editions;present collaborative began with 2 YAV-8b (converted AV-8a)aerodynamic prototypes(first flights 9 november1978 and 19 february 1979);followed by four FSD aircraft(first flights 5 november 1981);first 12 pilot production AV-8Bs FY82 (first flights 29 august 1983),deliveries to USMC beginning 12 january 1984 ; first flights of RAF GR.Mk5 development aircraft 30 april (zd318) and 31 july 1985 (zd319) ; first USMC operational AV-8b squadron (vma-331`) achieved IOC august 1985 ; first flight of two seat TAV-8b (no.162747) 21october 1986 ; first flight of night attack AV-8b prototype (162966) 26 june 1987 ; first GR. Mk5 for RAF 9zd324) handed over 1july 1987 ; TAV-8b deliveries (to vmat-203) began august 1987 ; EAV-8b deliveries to spain 1987-88 ; production contract for new build GR.Mk7s placed april 1988 ; first flight of pegasus 11-61 powerplant (zd402) 10 june 1989 ; first production night attack AV-8b (163853) delivered to VMA-214 on 15 september 1989 ; first flight of RAF GR.Mk7 (development aircraft , converted from GR.Mk5) 29 november 1989 ; 27 GR.Mk7s ordened april 1988 (later increased to 34) ; first flight of production Mk 7 9zg471) may 1990 ; production contract for T.Mk10 placed februari 1990 ; first flight of Mk10 (zh653) 7 april 1994