Harrier to return to RIAT in hands of Spanish Navy

FAIRFORD | The Spanish Navy will provide not one, but two EAV-8B Harriers for the flying display at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo.

The VTOL jet, which operates from the Spanish Navy’s amphibious assault ship, Juan Carlos I, was initially confirmed for a solo display in January before being upped to a two-ship in March. Spanish Navy Harriers, in the form of the earlier AV-8S and TAV-8S variants, were last seen at the Air Tattoo in 1994.

The last Harrier flying display at RIAT was by an RAF Harrier GR.9 in 2010, just months before the UK retired the type. The Spanish Navy more recently displayed their Harriers at the Farnborough Airshow in 2014 and 2018.

The Royal International Air Tattoo will be held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on the 19th-21st July 2019.