A Harrier at RAF Cottesmore
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Last trip for one of Britain's iconic aircraft

Harrier jump jets flown by the RAF and Royal Navy have taken part in their last operational flights.

The aircraft is regarded as one of Britain's greatest military innovations, but the jets are being retired early as part of Ministry of Defence spending cuts.

A 16-strong fleet took off from RAF Cottesmore in Rutland on today's farewell journey to several other air-force bases before returning home.

Captain Mike Carty of the Royal Marines told Anthony Bartram it had been a privilege to be one of the pilots.

  • 15 Dec 2010
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