Military fighter aircraft that fly themselves around without their pilot on board is unusual, to say the least.  Sadly this is often a situation that has tragic consequences.  This tale is of three such events; happily one has safe outcome for the pilot… the others were not so lucky.


An early Harrier prototype, the P1127.


The Sea Harrier.


A 75 Sqn F/A-18 in the foreground during a Red Flag exercise in the US.





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