Two years too late

York Press: . .

HAD the letter from F E Sharpe (Jumping with rage, Letters November 30) been lost in the Post Office catacombs for a few years?

Wanting people to sign a petition to “bring back the Harrier”, is, sadly, two years too late.

The Harrier was scrapped too soon, especially as quite a number had recently been refurbished with the latest weaponry, radar systems, etc.

The American government happily paid £116 million for the complete inventory of 72 aircraft, knowing what an outstanding aircraft it to be and what an incredible bargain they were getting.

As America still operates the Harrier, they have an invaluable store of aircraft, and components for many years to come.

The same American Government has signed a contract to supply Britain with McDonnel Douglas, F-35s at £200 million each.

Continuing to use the one aircraft-less aircraft carrier, outlined by F R Sharpe, presents our once-proud Royal Navy as a joke to the rest of the world.

This illustrates how incompetent modern “university-to-Parliament” politicians really are.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.

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7:07pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Igiveinthen says...

Yes it's too late unfortunately to resurrect the Harrier, what a fantastic aircraft it was, and is still being flown by the Americans, why it was never developed further is beyond me, I know it wasn't anywhere near as fast as some jet fighters but it gave a good account for itself against them in combat during the Falklands war due to it's manoeuvrability.
I was hoping to join the Royal Navy when I was a sprog, but I am colour blind so could not join the branch that I wanted to - engineering- and I still feel a pang of envy and pride when I see a Royal Navy ship, but oh how the politicians have decimated our armed forces, the navy in particular, I remember reading a book about the convoys in WWII, and how an American destroyer captain hailed a Royal Navy destroyer with a shout - how's the worlds second largest navy, to which the reply was - ok how's the worlds second best!
Yes it's too late unfortunately to resurrect the Harrier, what a fantastic aircraft it was, and is still being flown by the Americans, why it was never developed further is beyond me, I know it wasn't anywhere near as fast as some jet fighters but it gave a good account for itself against them in combat during the Falklands war due to it's manoeuvrability. I was hoping to join the Royal Navy when I was a sprog, but I am colour blind so could not join the branch that I wanted to - engineering- and I still feel a pang of envy and pride when I see a Royal Navy ship, but oh how the politicians have decimated our armed forces, the navy in particular, I remember reading a book about the convoys in WWII, and how an American destroyer captain hailed a Royal Navy destroyer with a shout - how's the worlds second largest navy, to which the reply was - ok how's the worlds second best! Igiveinthen

2:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

heworth.28 says...

The US Marines bought up the Harriers due to delays with the F-35 which was supposed to replace them, and to ensure enough spare parts are available to keep the Harriers flying until it does finally enter service.
The US Marines bought up the Harriers due to delays with the F-35 which was supposed to replace them, and to ensure enough spare parts are available to keep the Harriers flying until it does finally enter service. heworth.28

5:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

old_geezer says...

Our military procurement for all three Forces has wasted staggering amounts of taxpayers' money down the years. Details sometimes emerge from the National Audit Office or before Commons Committees, but for reasons this old cynic genuinely can't understand, receive little media coverage.
Our military procurement for all three Forces has wasted staggering amounts of taxpayers' money down the years. Details sometimes emerge from the National Audit Office or before Commons Committees, but for reasons this old cynic genuinely can't understand, receive little media coverage. old_geezer

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