The Harriers’ last flight

THE iconic Harrier jump jets passed over Huntingdonshire on their last ever flight yesterday (Wednesday).

THE iconic Harrier jump jets passed over Huntingdonshire on their last ever flight yesterday (Wednesday).

The 16 planes left from RAF Cottesmore and passed over seven bases, including RAF Wyton, in their final outing after the fleet was scrapped in the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

The flight ended with a hovered landing, demonstrating the jets’ ability to take off and land vertically.

The Harrier force has been involved in operations all over the world, and has been deployed in the Falklands, Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan since being brought into action in the 1960s.

The work of the Harriers will be taken over by the Joint Strike Fighter from around 2020.