Harrier jet from RAF Cottesmore finds a new home at the Imperial War Museum

The Harrier GR9 ZD461 from RAF Cottesmore arrives at IWM Duxford
The Harrier GR9 ZD461 from RAF Cottesmore arrives at IWM Duxford

A HARRIER jet from RAF Cottesmore has arrived at its new home at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

BAE Systems Harrier GR9 ZD461, RAF Cottesmore was transported to Duxford last week where it will undergo conservation work and a rebuild.

Our picture shows the plane being carefully lifted into place.

A statement from the museum said the aircraft was important because it represented an important addition to the museum’s collection which developed its interpretation of modern warfare.

In January, 2010, Harrier ZD461 was grounded at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, having suffered damage from brake fire during an exercise.

In March 2010, it was returned to RAF Cottesmore for repairs, where it remained following the withdrawal of the Harrier fleet from RAF service in December, 2010.