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Published on Apr 19, 2015
U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney Fimed on the USS Bataan doing a perfect emergency landing with no front landing gear aboard a AV-8B Harrier .
The AV-8B Harrier II (US designation) or Harrier GR.5 (English name) is the second generation of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. Its development was initiated in the late 1970s by the United States, soon joined by the United Kingdom who designed the original version.
In 1973, British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas studying an improved version of Harrier able to carry a load twice as large a distance twice as large. The project was canceled by the British in 1975, as the Americans call to work alone on a less ambitious version that does not require developing a new reactor. November 9, 1978, AV-8A with a new composite wing made its first flight. Leading edge extensions were added later to improve maneuverability. In 1980, the British, who had also studied a change in the wing of their side of the Harrier, decide to participate in the American project.