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- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 63
- Pure Stock
Summary: The Harrier jump-jet ; a family of multi-role vertical takeoff aircraft used by the USA, UK and many others. Model uses 6
down engines for vertical takeoff, then switch to 4
forward engines. Takeoff with RCS on, then turn off during forward flight.
The Harrier, informally referred to as the Harrier Jump Jet, is a family of jet-powered attack aircraft capable of vertical/short takeoff and landing operations (V/STOL). Originally developed by UK manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the 1960s, the Harrier emerged as the only truly successful V/STOL design of the many attempted during that era, despite being a subsonic aircraft, unlike most of its competitors. It was conceived to operate from improvised bases, such as car parks or forest clearings, without requiring large and vulnerable air bases. Later, the design was adapted for use from aircraft carriers.
There are two generations and four main variants of the Harrier family, developed by both UK and US manufacturers:
This stock Kerbal model is designed to be as accurate as possible, while also being user-friendly. To replicate the result of the swivelling nozzles of the Rolls Royce Pegasus engine (without using mod parts!), this model has 6 tiny jet engines pointed downwards, for vertical takeoff and landing, while an additional 4 tiny jet engines provide forward thrust to represent the 4 nozzles in their forward position.
To fly (vertical take-off), simply activate the 6 down-engines, with SAS and RCS on. Keep her level as she lifts off! When you reach a good height, pitch down a little, activate the 4 forward-engines, and pick up forward speed. Once you’re truly flying, switch off those 6 down-engines, turn off RCS, and enjoy the ride.
This is a stock aircraft called Harrier VSTOL. Built with 63 of the finest parts. Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.2.1.
Interested in more replica planes? Why not try AedsPlanes full version; a growing collection of accurate replica military planes to fly. All you need is a 1.1.3 install separate to your main up-to-date KSP install (I call it Kerbal Aerospace) and a selection of mods!
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