056 – AV-8 Harrier

056 – AV-8 Harrier

Featured Guest
Lieutenant Colonel Jeff “Magwa” Scott
US Marine Corps (Retired)

The Harrier is unique in that it is capable of taking off and landing in extremely short distances—or even vertically—thanks to swiveling exhaust nozzles and augmented flight controls. This feature, originally adapted for a cold war scenario, is particularly useful for shipboard amphibious operations.

On this episode, retired US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Jeff “Magwa” Scott explains how the Harrier came to be, what it’s like to fly (and hover), and how it is in some ways preferable to the F-35B currently replacing it. DCS players will be thrilled to know Razbam is giving away three Harrier modules for our listeners. Click here to enter.

During the listener question segment, Jell-O and Sunshine discuss aircrew interactions with other aircraft carrier personnel, mental exercises prior to flight, whether aircraft float, and how speedbrake placement is decided during aircraft design.

Episode artwork by Janek Krause. Bumper music by Jaime Lopez / announcements by Clint Bell. Episode production by The MuscleCar Place Podcast Network.

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