The Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 entered Royal Air Force service in 1969. It had evolved directly from the Hawker P.1127 and the subsequent Kestrel F.G.A.1 prototype aircraft. Over the next forty years, successive Harrier developments saw the aircraft mature into a highly effective combat aircraft for both the RAF and Royal Navy. During its time with the Armed Forces the Harrier saw action in the Falklands War, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The last Harrier type in service was the BAe Harrier GR9.
To commemorate this fantastic aircraft’s entry into service and its achievements BFPS has published a commemorative cover issued on the 2ⁿᵈ May 2019.
This cover bears two images of the first and last variants of the aircraft in service with the British military. (Airfix images were kindly supplied by Hornby Hobbies Ltd). A first-class stamp has been cancelled by the unique BFPS 3222 special handstamp, the centre of which displays a striking silhouette of the Harrier Jump-Jet.
Besides the standard unsigned version there is a limited edition of 50 covers signed by former RAF and Royal Navy pilot David Morgan who flew Harriers during the Falklands War.
These covers have an A4 information insert and both are presented in a protective cellophane slip.
The covers may be ordered by mail order post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC‘) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, LinksPlace, Elie, LEVEN KY9 1AX.