British Aerospace Sea Harrier

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BAe Sea Harrier FA2
External view of the Sea Harrier
External view of the Sea Harrier
Cockpit of the Sea Harrier
Cockpit of the Sea Harrier
Type VTOL aircraft, Military aircraft, Fighter aircraft, Carrier-based aircraft, Attack aircraft
Configuration High wing aircraft, Retractable gear aircraft
Propulsion Single-engine jet (Jet aircraft, Single-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer British Aerospace
--aircraft= harrier
Status Early production
 FDM Stars-2.png
 Systems Stars-3.png
 Cockpit Stars-3.png
 Model Stars-4.png
Supports Mid-air refueling Bombable Rembrandt Canvas Checklists Tutorials
Download Download the BAe Sea Harrier FA2 aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
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The British Aerospace Sea Harrier (informally Shar) is a naval short take-off and vertical-landing/vertical take-off and landing jet fighter, reconnaissance and attack aircraft, and a development of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. It first entered service with the Royal Navy in April 1980 as the Sea Harrier FRS1 and became informally known as the "Shar" (Sea Harrier). Unusual in an era in which most naval and land-based air superiority fighters were large and supersonic, the principal role of the subsonic Sea Harrier was to provide air defence of the fleet from Royal Navy aircraft carriers. Retired in 2006, today there is only one airworthy Sea Harrier in the world. XZ439, a restored former Royal Navy Sea Harrier FA2, is operated in the United States by Art Nalls, a former USMC pilot (website).

The version currently modeled in FlightGear is the Sea Harrier FA2, an improved version with the Blue Vixen This is a link to a Wikipedia article radar and the AIM-120 AMRAAM This is a link to a Wikipedia article missile.

Keyboard controls

Key Function
m Vector thrust upwards
Shift+m Vector thrust downwards
h Toggle HUD on/off
j Decrease air brake
k Increase air brake
e Release ordinance/fire gun
w Cycle stick mode selector
Ctrl+w Toggle station arming
Ctrl+f Release countermeasure
1/2/3/4/5/6/7 Select station
Shift+] Autostart
Shift+c Toggle canopy
n Next target
Ctrl+n Previous target


  • A fully working weapons system, including realistic stores and gun behaviour
  • Semi-realistic startup
  • Bombable support
  • Rembrandt support
  • Full electrical system, including switchable instruments
  • Checklists and Tutorials support
  • Realistic autopilot
  • Modeled limits
  • Canvas HDD
  • Flare/chaff system
  • CCIP bombing system
  • RWR
  • Bombable-compatible AI aircraft
  • Fuel System
  • Instant Replay support
  • Custom failures based on the new custom failures framework.
  • Backwards compatibility (tested on both FG 3.2 and 2.12.0)
  • Pushback truck

Changes for the latest release (2.5.0)

  • Nasal code style cleaned up
  • All XML files encoded in UTF-8 w/o BOM; encoding added in headers
  • Throttle and thrust vector levers fixed.
  • Canvas HDD properly integrated
  • Start Canvas-based radar
  • All paths are now relative
  • Some changes to the cockpit
  • Some more bugfixes
  • New splash texture
  • License changed back to GNU GPL v2


Last updated 23 June 2016

For next release (2.6.0)

  • Update docs
  • Make new FDM
  • Unify radar


  • More detailed cockpit (more info required)


  • Better, more detailed model
  • British 1,000lb bomb


  • New radar (possibly using Canvas Radar)
  • Autoland system
  • Realistic SMS


  • More realistic (data needed)




  • Aircraft swings on the ground.

See also

External links