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First Generation Harrier in Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960-2000

First Generation Harrier in Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960-2000 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review October 2013 Title First Generation Harrier in Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960-2000
Author Glenn Ashley Publisher AIRfile
Published 2013 ISBN 9780956980250
Format 76 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £19.99

Review

Consider first-generation Harriers drab, colorless combatants?  AIRfile's latest will change your mind.

Capably illustrated by Jon Freeman, First Generation Harrier in Worldwide Service, Volume 1: 1960-2000 by Glenn Ashley illumines the full spectrum of schemes on initial versions of Hawker-Siddeley/British Aerospace's classic.

The lively livery includes P.1127 Kestrel prototypes, early RAF GR.1/GR.3 and T.2/T.4 variants, and Fleet Air Arm Sea Harrier FRS.1 and F/A.2 derivatives.  That gaudy pink & white paint job on T.2A XW934 almost gave me whiplash.  And those "Admiral's Barge" colors on Sea Harrier ZH809 demanded sunglasses!

International users command considerable coverage, too.  And AIRfile's handy handbook depicts warpaint for US Marine Corps AV-8As, Spanish Navy 'Matadors', Indian Navy FRS.51s and Royal Thai Navy Harriers.

Awkward at times, text includes capsule operational histories and extended captions.  Hobbyists will especially appreciate author Ashley's notes on official paint specifications, markings sizes and color-plate references.

I counted at least 195 profile, plan and bottom views – excluding badge and detail inserts.  Add dozens of color and B&W photos.  And AIRfile's cool, colorful compendium will really fuel your Harrier modeling muse!

Robustly recommended!

My sincere thanks to AIRfile Publications for this review sample!

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