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Thailands Harrier Jets and it's forgotten aircraft carrier


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Interesting article about Thailand's Harriers ....now long gone.



Thai AV-8S on board the Chakri Naruebet as if leaves port. 1998.




For all its revolutionary technology and the unique operational advantages it can convey, the Harrier jump-jet has always remained a strictly niche combat aircraft. While advanced second-generation Harrier IIs today remain in service with the U.S. Marine Corps, Italy, and Spain, the first-generation, British-developed Harrier has long gone. Of the handful of operators of these earlier Harriers, Thailand stands out as the most surprising. And the story of the AV-8 Harrier and Thailand’s sole aircraft carrier is undoubtedly an unusual one.


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