Wittering, 10th December. The Home of the Harrier no more... a grey and miserable day as these sorts of days so often are. 16-ship practice flypast cancelled; 8 jets departed Wittering for the last time, bound for Cottesmore.
The first 7 all took off and climbed quickly, distant from my position...
But "Striker 10" very kindly taxied down past the tower just to give those of us on the fence a closer look at his jet.
This one's for the lady in the landrover...
And this one's for Striker 10 - many thanks!
"Striker 10, for the last time, you are cleared for take off"
And that was the end of Harrier operations from RAF Wittering.
Monday will hopefully see a 16-ship practice, then Wednesday the real thing, and that's it for the Harrier.