By Lon Nordeen, Jim Laurier
This e-book is the 3rd of 3 volumes on US Marine Corps Harrier IIs in wrestle, and it's the first quantity in print to hide the total tale of the AV-8B's carrier employment in the course of peacekeeping operations after which in Afghanistan.
In the Nineteen Seventies the USMC got the AV-8A Harrier from the united kingdom to check V/STOL (vertical and/or brief take-off and touchdown) options for shut air aid. A profitable investment conflict used to be consequently fought within the Nineteen Eighties to safe army, political, and fiscal aid to extend this idea to advance and box the second one iteration AV-8B Harrier II from the overdue Nineteen Eighties onward. The AV-8B used to be, and nonetheless is, the single tactical airplane which could installation with Marine forces on amphibious attack ships and supply air hide and shut air aid break free huge deck plane providers. Having visible motion in-theater in the course of Operation wasteland hurricane in 1991, the Harrier II used to be seriously excited about peacekeeping operations in Balkans within the Nineteen Nineties, in addition to in Africa from 1992 to 2002. From past due 2001, the jet took half within the 'War on Terror" throughout the early section of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. devices built with the plane at the start flew from amphibious attack ships off the Pakistani coast, earlier than turning into land-based in-theater from early 2002 following the career of Afghanistan by way of Coalition troops. Harrier II squadrons have maintained a presence in-theatre assisting anti-Taliban and al-Qaeda operations ever since.
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We would go into a kill box as relief for a flight of A-10s who were coming off station. Often, we were in turn replaced by A-10s when our window ended. ‘When supporting a MEU mission, we would talk with Marine FACs and then orbit around, circling in the sky, until we received their call. Typically, there were hours of boredom in the cockpit interrupted by periods of intense excitement. In OIF I, when we were not doing CAS, we could fly an armed reconnaissance mission that would inevitably see us blow stuff up without the help of a FAC.
Dash Two”, holding at 30 seconds in trail and waiting for another gun run, was told to abort. ’ Considerable effort went into keeping VMA-214’s ten Harrier IIs airworthy in order to meet the unit’s punishing operational tempo. Some 200 Marines assigned to the unit worked alongside personnel from Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron (MALS) 13 on the maintenance of the aircraft. ‘We anticipated that our pilots would fly 40 hours per month More than 290 tons of poppy seeds seized by Marines from the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Marine Expeditionary BrigadeAfghanistan, in Safaar, in Helmand Province, are destroyed by three 1000-lb bombs dropped by Harrier IIs from VMA-214 on 21 July 2009.
This gave us a lot of loiter time to support ground forces when needed, allowing us to plan on conducting regular operations with a five-hour flight window’ (USAF) they got in a month back home. ‘Afghanistan provided a great example of the differences between shipboard and land operations. Even though we were in expeditionary conditions in the middle of central Asia, parts supply and availability was better in Afghanistan than on the ship. Additionally, we could work on the aircraft 24 hours a day and perform aircraft functionals, high-power tests or check flights whenever we needed too.
AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom by Lon Nordeen, Jim Laurier