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« Reply #555 on: May 18, 2015, 11:10:17 PM »

Fairly slow day here in Yuma today. This Harrier from VMA-214 flew what might have been a test hop. Short, alone, local and one straight in to a full stop.

Harrier VMA214 YUM Take Off - 6320 by Mike Margolis, on Flickr
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« Reply #556 on: June 12, 2015, 06:23:20 PM »

From a few years ago...


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« Reply #557 on: June 12, 2015, 06:43:26 PM »

Two in the chamber and coming for a drink. Love the gritty look of this Harrier. What looks like a touch of back-lighting (especially in the background) really adds to the image. Well done Scott.
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« Reply #558 on: June 12, 2015, 07:08:53 PM »

Thanks Jeff! This is the kind of shot I would have thrown away if taken with slide film.
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« Reply #559 on: July 26, 2015, 05:07:12 PM »

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« Reply #560 on: July 26, 2015, 11:40:46 PM »

Very interesting Jeff. Looks more like part of a steam locomotive than a semi-modern jet. Love the patina.
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« Reply #561 on: July 28, 2015, 05:55:53 AM »

Very interesting Jeff. Looks more like part of a steam locomotive than a semi-modern jet. Love the patina.

Thank you Scott. This particular Harrier had more of the "patina" than the others - not sure why. I'm sure that part of the fuselage gets blasted during the lifespan of an airframe.
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« Reply #562 on: August 01, 2015, 07:47:21 PM »

FOLLOW THE RUBBER YELLOW LINE...
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« Reply #563 on: October 10, 2015, 01:59:22 PM »

Wake Island Avengers AV-8B+ Harrier II. MCAS Yuma. 10/6/15.

_31A6873 USMC AV-8B+ Harrier II (BuNo 165420) by Ned Harris, on Flickr
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« Reply #564 on: March 10, 2016, 09:23:57 AM »

HURRY UP AND WAIT
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« Reply #566 on: August 20, 2016, 01:21:41 PM »

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211) "Wake Island Avengers" My dad flew A-4's for 17 years and was a member of this squadron for a few years.
Back in 1965, when he was in Chu Lai, Vietnam, he was the squadron maintenance officer and added the "barber pole" striping (from their patch) to the
rudders of the A-4E's. On the A-4's it was red and stuck with the squadron until the A-4M's were retired. They kept the rudder stripes (subdued) on the Harrier.
It's now gone on the F-35B's. (Correction posted above - the stripes are still there!)

WTI 2-16 Harrier departing YUM at sunset-7779 by Mike Margolis, on Flickr
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« Reply #567 on: August 20, 2016, 06:05:17 PM »

Killer shot, Mike!

From what I've seen so far, VMFA-211 is carrying on the rudder stripe tradition, and they even have a hi-viz bird with white and red stripes.  Here's one from the VMFA-211 redesignation ceremony earlier this summer.  Look at how patched-together that Harrier looks!

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« Reply #568 on: August 20, 2016, 10:16:48 PM »

Thanks Joe! You too!!
Thanks for that info... I'm going to have to review my local photos - not sure how I missed that.
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« Reply #569 on: August 20, 2016, 10:49:24 PM »

Some of -211's aircraft (and their pilots) came from -121, so there might be some airframes with 'transitory' markings that aren't quite complete.  I didn't know this before, but VMFA-121 was deliberately assigned more aircraft and personnel than a standard F-35 unit so they could have a fully-trained cadre to split off and man VMFA-211 once they stood down as a Harrier unit.  It actually made for a pretty efficient and effective transition.
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