Today In Aviation History – March 28, 2006 – BAE Sea Harrier withdrawn from service

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March 26, 2006.  The Royal Navy withdraws the BAE Sea Harrier from active service.

The Sea Harrier served in the Falklands War, both of the Gulf Wars, and the Balkans conflicts; on all occasions it mainly operated from aircraft carriers positioned within the conflict zone. Its usage in the Falklands War was its most high profile and important success, where it was the only fixed-wing fighter available to protect the British Task Force. The Sea Harriers shot down 20 enemy aircraft during the conflict with one lost to enemy ground fire. They were also used to launch ground attacks.

Above, Art Nalls in his privately owned Sea Harrier at the 2013 Canadian International Air Show.