About Me

Thirty years in the RAF, 10 years on Harriers
Fourteen years with BAe, all on Harrier
Now retired and trying to put the world to rights with my unerring wisdom!

10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Keith Campbell

    I see that you are using 2 of my Harrier photos – one of a four-ship in flight and another onboard HMS Illustrious. Very disappointed that you have cut out my copyright markings! Please get in touch…

  2. Johann Sturm

    Since you were a Harrier pilot, I have a question about the aircraft for you. I’ve heard many state that it has no self-sealing fuel tanks, or any other method of fuel tank protection. Is (was) this true, or just more anti-Harrier diatribe. I know the F-35 doesn’t, which is one of my biggest gripes about it. Regardless, I still agree that the Harrier is the better aircraft, if for no other reason then the fact that it’s actually been proven to work. If you could full me in on any of the Harrier’s survivability features, I would greatly appriciate it. 🙂

      1. Johann Sturm

        I see. Well even so, I still agree it was a dumb decision to scrap it for the overpriced underperforming brick, known as the f 35. With a few exceptions, Britain and the rest of Europe tend to get screwed when they buy American. F 35 is easily the worst example of this. Loses to the Typhoon in air to air, the Tornado in air to ground, and the Harrier in flexibility. Hopefully your nations leaders come to their senses and bring back this remarkable aircraft. If its not broken, why fix it? Then again, military procurement these days tends to be more about politics and what benifits arms industries, instead of providing soldiers with equipment that adds to their lifespan. IMHO, it might be time to rethink that “special relationship”

  3. Johann Sturm

    Even if they ultimately (God’s forbid) choose to purchase the F 35, retiring the Harrier when those aren’t even available was a decision so dumb, it’s beyond me how one could go through with it. Practically overnight, Britain’s carrier force and naval air arm was temporarily neutered, and it’s naval strike capability was all but crippled. It seems corruption is practically everywhere these days. :/

  4. lmgaylardLewis Gaylard

    With the greatest amount of respect to you cliverh, and to the commenter above: these opinions are typical of those who don’t actually know any ‘real’ facts about the aircraft and its systems.
    I’m lucky to have written quite a few articles on the F-35B, from a Royal Navy perspective and I have to say that when, it enters service, it will blow the Typhoon away!
    How can I say this?
    Well, I’m lucky to have many friends who have/are flying the aircraft and many friends who are engineering it. They are all very, very positive about the aircraft. Can’t go into detail on here but it’s safe to say that it will be a big success for the RN.
    There’s nobody who loved the mighty Sea Harrier more than I but, in simple terms the F-35B is light years ahead in capability.

    1. cliverh Post author

      Hey I bow to superior knowledge, and I happen to have a friend who is very close to the F35 project. I value his opinion so my view is changing with respect to the introduction to the UK of both types of F35. Time will tell if it is a Tornado/Typhoon/Harrier beater.


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