AV-8b Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

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In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political and economic support to expand this concept to develop and field the second generation AV-8B Harrier II from the late 1980s onward. The AV-8B was, and still is, the only tactical aircraft that could deploy with Marine forces on amphibious assault ships and provide air cover and close air support separate from large deck ...

AV-8b Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm 2011, Osprey Publishing (UK), New York

ISBN-13: 9781849084444

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