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Harrier Coming Back to AirVenture in 2015

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    The always-popular Harrier AV-8B jump jet is coming back to Oshkosh in 2015 for air show performances. It’s one of just nine U.S. locations for full harrier aerial demos this year.

February 5, 2015 - EAA received word on Wednesday that the U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed its AV-8B Harrier jump jet will be returning to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2015 air show performances. The approved Level III aerial demonstration at AirVenture is one of just nine such public displays the jump jet will be making in the U.S. this year.

The Harrier has been a very popular item in the afternoon air shows at Oshkosh for many years. The exact dates of the performances will be finalized in the coming weeks. The specific Harrier flying at Wittman Regional Airport will be from either Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, or Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Arizona.

The demonstration consists of an 8-10 minute display of the aircraft’s abilities, including a 90-degree climbing turn, a high-speed pass over the runway, and a vertical landing in front of the crowd. According to the Marine Corps, many of the maneuvers demonstrated at the air show represent those executed in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom as well as in operations conducted at sea aboard naval vessels.

With the capability to operate both in day and night, the Harrier is used in combat for engaging surface and air targets, escorting helicopters, and conducting deep air support.

Purchase AirVenture 2015 admission in advance and take advantage of the early bird discount through June 14 and save $2 on every daily adult ticket and $5 on every weekly adult ticket!

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