File:Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 ‘XZ133 - 10’ (25304205847).jpg

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c/n 712192. Built 1976. This genuine Falklands veteran is currently suspended in ‘AirSpace’ at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, UK. 26th January 2018.

The following detailed service history for XZ133 is from the IWM website:-

Service dates: 8 July 76 - April 82 served with 233 OCU but with some time at A.D.A and Belize. 19 April 82 - 12 Aug 83 with No.1 Squadron at Wittering including Falklands War service (see below) 12 Aug 83 - 30 Aug 83 with No.3 Squadron at Gutersloh 30 Aug 83 - April 86 back with No.1 Squadron at Wittering 18 April 86 - 14 May 86 with Nos.3 and 4 Squadron at Gutersloh 29 May 86 - Dec 88 back with No.1 Squadron 16 Dec 88 with No.4 Squadron at Gutersloh

“Served with No.1 (Fighter) Squadron of the RAF in the Falklands War, 1982. It flew at least nine sorties between 2 & 14 June 1982, operating from HMS Hermes & the temporary forward airstrip at Port San Carlos. It carried out attacks with 1000 lb bombs, cluster bombs & rockets against Argentine positions near Stanley, on Mounts Harriet, Longdon & Tumbledown & on Sapper Hill. On 11 June, over Mount Longdon, an Argentine surface-to-air missile exploded only 100ft above its cockpit.

Details: On 29.03.82 it was with 233OCU coded P at Wittering, transferring to 1(F) Sqn during April 82. This may account for the lack of a name under the starboard windscreen. It was flown from Wittering to St Mawgan on 28.05.82 and from there directly to Wideawake, Ascension, on 29.05.82*. 01.06.82 - XZ133/10 was flown by Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod from Wideawake direct to Hermes. For this flight it was fitted with an IFR probe, 2x 100gal tanks on the outer pylons and 2x 330 gal ferry tanks on the inboard pylons. The starboard gun pod was fitted with the Blue Eric ECM fit. The large ferry tanks were jettisoned prior to landing on Hermes, the 100 gal tanks being retained for ops. (* This "ferry" configuration was also used for the flight from the UK to Ascension.) XV778/16 flown by Flt Lt Mike Beech accompanied XZ133 on this epic 8h 20mins flight, with IFR support from 4 Victors. The RFA Engadine was the only diversion en route, at roughly half distance; other than that, SAR was not an option! 02.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook in XZ989/07 and Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod in XZ133 supported ground forces in a 45 min sortie armed with the RN's 2" rocket pods. 06.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Jerry Pook in XZ989/07 and Flt Lt Murdo MacLeod in XZ133 departed Hermes some 240 miles east of Port Stanley at 1200Z to position to the Forward Operating Base at Port San Carlos. They carried out further attacks in the Stanley area and a recon mission looking for ground launched Exocets. 11.06.82 - Sqn Ldr Pook in XV789/32 and Flt Lt Mike Beech in XZ133 attacked positions on Mt Harriet c.1450Z.”

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Source Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 ‘XZ133 / 10’
Author Alan Wilson from Stilton, Peterborough, Cambs, UK
Camera location52° 05′ 48.63″ N, 0° 08′ 10.52″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo

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