THE GULF WAR: The Battle Front : AV-BB Harrier II
Both the United States and Britain have versions of the so-called jump jet, popularized during the Falklands War. The unusual fighter, produced for the U.S. Marine Corps., is capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, delivering thousands of pounds of vertically on an unimproved forward site.
Max speed: .88 Mach at sea level
Armament: 25-mm gun, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, Maverick air-to-ground missile, Laser-guided and gravity bombs, Rocket launchers.
Exhaust nozzle turns for vertical takeoff.