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AV-8B Harrier II

The AV-8B Harrier II is a V/STOL fighter and attack aircraft operational with the U.S. Marine Corps. Combining tactical mobility, responsiveness, reduced operating cost and basing flexibility, both afloat and ashore, the Harrier II is particularly well-suited to the special combat and expeditionary requirements of the Marine Corps.
AV-8B Harrier II Copyright © Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Andrew King, U.S. Navy

Status

In active service

Contractors

Airframe: McDonnell Douglas Merged with Boeing in 1997
Engine: Rolls Royce

Crew

1 Pilot

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 14.12 meters (flying altitude) 46.33 feet (flying altitude)
Wingspan: 9.25 meters 30.35 feet
Height: 3.55 meters 11.65 feet
Weight
Maximum takeoff weight: 14 061 kilograms (435 meters STO) 31 000 pounds (435 meters STO)
Maximum vertical takeoff weight: 9 342 kilograms 20 596 pounds
Operating weight empty: 6 336 kilograms (including pilot and used fuel) 13 968 pounds (including pilot and used fuel)
Features
Power plant: one Rolls Royce Pegasus F402-RR-408A turbofan engine
Thrust: ~9 979 kilograms ~22 000 pounds
Maximum internal fuel: 3 519 kilograms 7 758 pounds
Speed: 550 knots calibrated airspeed
Ceiling: 11 582.4 meters 38 000 feet
Range: 900 nautical miles (1 666.8 kilometers) (1 035.7 miles)
Combat radius (high speed/low altitude): 142+ nautical miles (260+ kilometers) (163+ miles)
Unrefueled ferry range (tanks dropped): 1 965 nautical miles (3 639.18 kilometers) (2 261.28 miles)
Unrefueled ferry range (tanks retained): 1 638 nautical miles (3 033.58 kilometers) (1 885 miles)