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This Former Marine Harrier Pilot Missed Flying The Jet, So He Bought One

There is only one civilian Harrier in the world.  Art Nalls owns it.

Have you ever wanted to own a warbird? There are lots of options out there. You can get your hands on a wide variety of former military aircraft these days. World War II-era and newer warbirds are actually more plentiful now than they have been for quite a while. Want a trainer? T-6/SNJ Texans, BT-13 Valiants, Stearmans, Tiger Moths, N3N Yellow Perils, T-34 Mentors, SF-260Cs, CJ-6As, T-28 Trojans, and several other beautifully restored prop trainers are available for sale as you read this. For that matter attack aircraft like the TBF/TBM Avenger and A-1 Skyraider can be had too.

Photo by: Skeet Shooter

Do you see yourself at the controls of a fighter instead? If you’ve got the money you can purchase any of several P-51 Mustangs currently for sale. F4F Wildcats, F-4U Corsairs, P-47 Thunderbolts, even foreign fighters like Bf-109s, Fw-190s, Yak-3s, Yak-9s, and Sea Furies, Spitfires, Hurricanes are all on the market today. If you want a jet, you have several options. You can go with a trainer like a T-33 Shooting Star, L-39 Albatros, or even a T-2 Buckeye. Jet fighters for sale include F-86 Sabres, MiG-17s…even a Me-262. There is even a like-new TA-4F Skyhawk trainer on the market! How much? If you have to ask…

Photo by: Mike Freer

Warbirds are eye-catching and a thrill a minute to fly. Well, maybe not all of them, but most of the fighters and jets anyway. And of course not everyone is qualified to fly them, but training is both available and essential. But what if you’re qualified and have a hankering to fly something well off the beaten path? Even an aircraft that would be the dictionary definition of “rare?”

Photo by Skeet Shooter

The video features United States Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Nalls USMC (retired). Art got the flying bug big time while flying with the Marines. He flew McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harriers for the Corps. He also attended the US Air Force Test Pilot School and flew pretty much everything in their inventory too. After retiring from the Marines, Art transitioned to civilian life. But after a while he went to an airshow and got the bug all over again. He got to thinking about flying a Harrier again. The video explains how Art Nalls went about acquiring, restoring, and flying his very own Hawker Siddeley Sea Harrier. Enjoy!

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.