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RR Pegasus Mk5
21,500 lbs.
15,360 lbs.
31,000 lbs.
2- 25 mm
10,800 lbs.
47' 1"
30' 4"
660 mph
14,700 fpm
50,000 feet
2,000 miles

Bob Blackburn and his rc Harrier.

There have been numerous attempts to built a rc Harrier that transitions from hover to forward flight.  Thus far, we only know of one successful example.

You can check out Hobbytron to see their version of a rc Harrier. If you do get it, please let us know what you think of it.

In the picture immediately above is Bob Blackburn launching his rc Harrier. It is a profile model built from Dave Chinery plans. Power comes from a WeMoTec mini fan. All up weight is 47 oz.

Skymaster Jets was working on a rc Harrier prototype, however we can no longer find information about it on their site.

Zhongshan Guanli Models produces the rc Harrier. It is a RTF that has a 31" wingspan, a 49" length, and is made from foam. Included is a motor and 70 mm ducted fan unit. Weight is about 25 oz. all-up. It is also available as a ARF. The model airplane is only capable of forward flight.

Huayu Hobby manufacturers the 31" wingspan rc Harrier.

Cheerwing has a rc Harrier as either a ARF or RTF. Its wingspan is 31".

Shantou Chenghai Pengcheng Toys makes the rc Harrier with a 31" wingspan.

Canton Trade International is also manufacturing the rc Harrier with its wingspan of 31".

Zhenhua Technology is yet another company that has the 31" wingspan rc Harrier.

RC Harrier built by Ewald Schister.

The rc Harrier built by Ewald Schister is 1/16 scale, powered with a Pegasus P-120 turbo fan.

RC Harrier built by Mike Koskela.

The rc Harrier built by Mike Koskela is capable of hovering and forward flight. However, it can not transition from hover to forward flight. Mike uses gyros on all three axis to smooth the performance.

Radical Concepts rc Harrier.

The Radical Concepts R & D rc Harrier uses a O.S. 91 VF engine driving Kress fan units through four nozzles. It can take off and land vertically and hover. However, no mention is made about transition to forward flight and no model specifications are given.

The rc Harrier built by Ulrich.

The rc Harrier with hovering capabilities built by Ulrich, who goes by usr1 at RC Groups. He modified a 31" wingspan model Harrier by adding gyros, sensors, four motors and propellers to allow for hovering flight. It retains the EDF unit for forward flight. All up weight is about 3 lbs.

Toy helicopter sold as rc Harrier.

The RTF sold under the name of rc Harrier is made by Shenzhen Linpa Technology Ltd., China and Shantou Chenghai Pencheng Toy Ind. Co., Ltd., China. It is said to have four motors, although it appears to have three. The dimension of the model are also unclear. We have seen it for sale at Amazon and various toy stores. There is a huge difference in prices at different retailers. The one product review at Amazon was very negative.

Eric Dainty and his rc Harrier.

The rc Harrier built by Eric Dainty is powered with a OS .91 engine driving a modified fan. All up weight is 9 1/2 lbs. We understand that it is capable of all of the same maneuvers as the actual Harrier Jump Jet including transitioning in flight from vertical to horizontal motion.

The Harrier is a combined project of McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, and BAE Systems.

The origins of the aircraft trace back to its predecessor's first hovering flight in October of 1960. Since then it has received numerous updates and improvements and is still serving today.

The idea for the Harrier Jump Jet was in response to the threat of an enemy quickly knocking out runways, rendering conventional aircraft useless. The answer was to develop a fighter aircraft that could take off and land without using long runways.

The aircraft utilizes a single engine for all of its maneuvering. The pilot can angle the engine exhaust nozzle downward for vertical flight or hovering and then rearward for conventional flight. Directional control jets in the nose, wings and tail of the Harrier allow for turning while hovering.

Harrier Jump Jets first entered service with the RAF in October of 1969. These aircraft were designated GR1. The United States designated their aircraft that first flew in the early 1970's as the AV-8A.

The aircraft currently used by the British are licensed American design aircraft, fitted to RAF requirements. These requirements include navigation and defensive systems, and additional missiles.

The latest Harrier has day/night/all weather flying capabilities. It is particularly suited to ground support missions with forward looking infrared equipment, and pilot night vision visors. It has more than double the payload capacity of earlier jump jets.

Harriers have seen action during the Falklands War, Operation Desert Storm, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

We received the following email:
"The Harrier was actually entered into Marine Corps Aviation service in the early 1970's. It was flown out of Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort South Carolina (Marine Airgroup 32, VMA513) while I was stationed there as an aircraft structural mechanic from 1972 - 1975. During my time at MCAS Beaufort a Harrier stalled while hovering, due to seagull ingestion, and fell into a swamp. The aircraft structure remained sound except for the left engine intake (and the engine!). The intake required extensive rebuilding which I was given the responsibility to complete. Great memories for me."  -  Henry Ward, Prospect, KY.

Please email us if you have additional information about the rc Harrier radio control airplanes on this page, or if you know of a rc Harrier that we should include here.