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reply to post by justwokeup
The US military was supposed to buy the harriers and parts from the RAF. I thought the english were supposed to get the new jets already from the manufacturer. I don't know if this happened though, seems that there are no articles about it. Why would the English go without these kind of planes for a while, I suppose they should have kept what they have till replacements came if they are smart.
So someone made a decision to spend Taxpayer money here in the USA to buy those harriers probably at a high price so England would buy new jets from one of our defense contractors. I suppose these harriers will be sitting somewhere in Arizona unused. I wonder if the Airforce even wanted them? I suppose they are probably better built than the new planes that are replacing them though The USA really treats the defense contractors well using taxpayer money, then the government goes and borrows money to pay our bills.
Sorry its short, but its the most likely answer to your question. Lots of videos on Youtube showing the thing you describe, but it is just an illusion.edit on 14-9-2013 by AmberLeaf because: (no reason given)