Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Ex-RAF fighter jets under hammer

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump jet which is set to be sold at auction this weekend (Silverstone Auctions/PA Wire)
A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump jet which is set to be sold at auction this weekend (Silverstone Auctions/PA Wire)

Two former RAF fighter jets are set to be sold at a public auction this weekend.

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 Jump Jet and a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 will be going under the hammer at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

Silverstone Auctions said both jets are going up for sale without a reserve.

The Harrier, which served during the Cold War, Belize and the Falklands, is described as being preserved "in almost time capsule condition".

Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said: "We've never offered anything like this before and it's a privilege to be able to offer one of, it not the finest, Harrier in the world.

"The history and provenance of the plane, combined with the fact that the aircraft is so complete, means this really is an exciting opportunity."

Also going under the hammer is the only privately-owned Tornado F3 in the world.

Sold for display purposes, the jet has 3,000 hours of active service, including use as the personal mount of the Commanding Officer of 56 Squadron and visits to Malaysia and Alaska on exercise.

It is likely to be the only time a Tornado F3 is offered for auction as the fleet has either been sent to museums or scrapped, the auction house said.

The jets will go under the hammer this weekend as part of The Silverstone Classic Sale at the Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire.

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