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AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operation Enduring Freedom (Book)

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 Osprey Publishing  (Books)

In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK whose VTOL capabilities allowed it to serve as a tactical aircraft that could deploy with Marine forces on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support from large deck aircraft carriers. Third in a trilogy on US Marine Corps Harrier IIs in combat, it will be the first volume to cover the whole story of the AV-8B’s service employment during peacekeeping operations and then in Afghanistan. With profile artwork for all frontline AV-8B units detailing the unique colours and markings applied by each squadron, this volume presents the widest variety of first-hand accounts of AV-8B air operations and missions by pilots and ground forces involved in Operation Enduring Freedom published to date.
  • Development, deployment and training
  • Marine Air Ground Team
  • Harrier IIs in support of NATO Peacekeeping
  • Harrier IIs in support of relief and peacekeeping operations in Somalia, Rawanda, Liberia, Central African Republic, Zaire
  • Congo and Sierra Leone
  • Growth pains and Modernisation of the AV-8B Harrier II
  • Operation Enduring Freedom 2001
  • Ongoing Close Air Support Operations in Afghanistan 2002-10
  • Appendices - listing of USMC squadrons and locations - listing of the major production types of Harrier IIs, which include four different types of aircraft, AV-8B day attack, TAV-8B trainers, AV-8B Night Attack and AV-8B Radar-equipped Harrier IIs. - listing of combat sorties per squadron for all operations - colour plates commentary

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