Harrier jet crash at air show in lowestoft

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet, similar to those seen in the photo, crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti.  (REUTERS)

The pilot ejected during takeoff from Djibouti Ambouli International Airport just after 4 p.m. local time, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said in a statement.

“No other injuries were reported to personnel on the ground nor damage to infrastructure at the airport,” the statement said.

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KEY WEST, Fla. – The U.S. Navy has identified the two Sailors that died after a Navy jet went down during a mishap Wednesday.

Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson and Lt. Caleb Nathaniel King died when an F/A-18 Super Hornet went down one mile off the runway on final approach to Boca Chica Field, Naval Air Station, Key West.

Johnson, a Naval Aviator and 2007 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was piloting the jet when the crash happened. King, a 2012 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was serving as the Weapons System Operator.  Both were Florida residents.

When Deputy Chief Test Pilot Taylor Scott was killed by a combination of failings of an ejection seat system in an early Harrier GR5 flying from Dunsfold, John stood up to the CEO and said the company should pay the insurance to Taylor’s widow Maggie.   Having principles cost John his job – as he knew it might, but he is not the sort of person to let such things go unsaid.

I learned yesterday that Harrier test pilot John Farley had passed away. He personally signed a copy of his book’A View from the Hover’ for me in 2010. A thoroughly nice man and will be sadly missed in the aviation field. My condolences to his family and friends.

I’m a teacher at Teddington School. I wrote to my colleagues today:
Dear Scientists
I’ve just heard that John Farley, the chief test pilot for the Hawker Harrier (designed and built across the river in Ham), has passed away. I’m writing this to the science group because he was a tremendous explainer of engineering concepts. This article is a short biography, including a wonderful explanation of how the Harrier achieved control in hovering and transition to normal flight. It’s accessible to complete non-scientists.
https://dunsfoldairfield.org/john-farley-afc-obe/

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