A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part III: From the Harrier II to the Yak-141

In my previous blogs I discussed the early experimental, prototype and operational V/STOL combat jet aircraft that were developed in the late 1950’s through to the late 1970’s. By the 1980’s significant improvements had been made in performance, handling and the weapons load capability of new V/STOL combat jets. The following is a brief history on these second generation V/STOL… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part III: From the Harrier II to the Yak-141

A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part II: Enter the Harrier and the Soviet Forger

Vertical/Short Take Off Vertical Landing (V/STOL) combat jet aircraft began to enter service to operate from normal bases, damaged airfields, rugged forward field deployments close to combat zones and from air-capable ships such as aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers. The United Kingdom, France, West Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States dabbled with V/STOL aircraft designs but ultimately only the… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part II: Enter the Harrier and the Soviet Forger

A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part I: From the Kestrel to the Supersonic Sixties

Vertical/Short Take Off Vertical Landing (V/STOL) combat jet aircraft were first developed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s to provide a means for an aircraft to operate from normal bases, damaged airfields, rugged forward field deployments close to combat zones and from air-capable ships such as aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers. The concept was born from the fear that… Read More A Brief History of V/STOL Combat Aircraft – Part I: From the Kestrel to the Supersonic Sixties