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Former editor of Air Forces Monthly Gary Parsons releases Rutland Harriers, a book about the aircraft at RAF Cottesmore




The 10th anniversary of Harriers leaving RAF Cottesmore has sparked interest in a book which delves into the area’s connection with the aircraft.

Gary Parsons, a former editor of Air Forces Monthly magazine, self-published Rutland Harriers, which details the BAE Harrier IIs based at Cottesmore between 1999 and 2010.

After a print run of 100 copies sold out earlier in the year, the book was picked up by Trackpad Publishing and is enjoying additional sales this month (December), which marks a decade since the Harriers ‘retired’ from Rutland.

Gary Parsons, whose book, Rutland Harriers charts the history of the aircraft at RAF Cottesmore
Gary Parsons, whose book, Rutland Harriers charts the history of the aircraft at RAF Cottesmore

Gary, who lives in South Witham, said: “The book is quite pictorial - I tried to include a photo of every Harrier at RAF Cottesmore, and there were about 60.

“It also looks at the history of the aircraft and the squadrons. It’s my own, personal celebration of the Harrier’s connection with Rutland.”

Gary, who now works as a project manager for Anglian Water, has also produced works detailing the Red Arrows, and Waddington International Air Show.

Gary Parsons has written Rutland Harriers
Gary Parsons has written Rutland Harriers

He is also planning a new book about the Tornados, which retired from the RAF last year with a ‘final flypast’ over various locations, including RAF Cottesmore.

Rutland Harriers is available by visiting the publisher's website. The full-colour A4 landscape book has144 pages and is priced £25.



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