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Four RAF Harriers in flying visit to Northern Ireland

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Aircraft enthusiasts will be in for a rare treat this weekend when four of the RAF’s 69 Harrier aircraft take to the skies over Northern Ireland.

The GR9 fighter jets, which have been used to provide close air support for ground troops in Afghanistan, are normally based at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, England. They are due to land at Aldergrove this afternoon for three days of private engagements.

It is understood the pilots will be taking part in a military training exercise but will also meet representatives from the Ulster Aviation Society as well as RAF cadets.

Co Antrim man, Wing Commander Harv Smyth, is among only a handful of Northern Irish pilots. He is hoping the visit will inspire more young people to join the RAF.

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