Harrier GR3 XV808
Back in 2012, Millington Engineering acquired a Hawker Siddeley Harrier Jump Jet with a view to restoring it to running condition.
This was a huge task to undertake as the engine was not running and the batteries had not been connected in many years.
Turbofan Jet engines are very different from the conventional 4 cylinder engines Millington's were used to working on.
Volunteers from different parts of the country, including the Buccaneer Aviation Group and various ex/current RAF servicemen have worked to restore the cold war era jet fighter.
In 2014 the Rolls Royce Pegasus engine fired up for the first time in years, making XV808 the only running Harrier GR3 the UK.
In October 2014, XV808 was reunited with 2 of its former pilots. One of the pilots (Flight Lieutenant Ian Wilkes) names are still visible by the cockpit on the airframe.
The fighter jet regularly maintained and is now able to taxi around Millington's airstrip.
XV808 has been used for media work, shows and charity work and is available to be viewed by appointment.
Below is a list of some of the generous individuals who have supported us by donating some of their time to help restore XV808 to running condition .
We would like to say a special THANK YOU for all those listed below and to the ones that we have forgotten to mention:
Adolf Horan, Ollie Suckling, Andrew King, Ollie Wheeldon, Andrew Webber, Dave Webber, Francis Wallace, Jack Hawkins, Kay Bennett, Matt Wellington, Haydn Jakes, Mike Overs, Nathan Hayles, Phil Willsher, Russ Russell, Steve Hancock, Tim Kingman, Graham Wiley, Sam Ward , Peter Mackaen.