Naval engineers have completed the relocation of two vintage naval aircraft, Sea Harrier ZH801 and Lynx XZ725, to a museum in the Falkland Islands, according to a press release from the Royal Navy.

The aircraft were moved 8,000 miles from their previous location to the Falklands, with the final leg involving a 40-mile transit from Mare Harbour to the islands’ capital.

The relocation was managed by the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron (JARTS), a combined Royal Navy and Royal Air Force unit based in Boscombe Down, Wiltshire.

The press release states that Chief Petty Officer Stewart Wright led a team of six naval personnel to ensure the successful completion of the move. The team had previously prepared the aircraft for the journey south.

Commodore Michael Clapp and Commander Tim Gedge, veterans of the 1982 conflict, were present to welcome the aircraft. Commander Gedge noted, “They did a magnificent job in what was a potentially tricky operation and I was impressed with the way they handled everything that came their way in the best traditions of the Fleet Air Arm.”

The aircraft were displayed to the public for two days at the site designated for the Lookout Gallery and Exhibition Hall before being preserved by the JARTS team to protect them from the winter weather. The new exhibition hall is expected to be completed by spring next year.

The Sea Harrier ZH801 and Lynx XZ725 both have historical connections to the 1982 Falklands conflict. The Lynx saw action during the campaign, while the Sea Harrier was delivered to the Fleet Air Arm after the war and served until 2004.

According to the Royal Navy, the new exhibition hall aims to attract up to 100,000 visitors annually, significantly increasing the current figures and boosting tourism through the cruise ship trade.

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Lisa has a degree in Media & Communication from Glasgow Caledonian University and works with industry news, sifting through press releases in addition to moderating website comments.
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A&Daccountant
A&Daccountant (@guest_829421)
16 days ago

A little bit easier than the last time a Harrier went to the Falklands. I’m not sure how they will attract 100,000 visitors each year when the island is about 4,000 people with roughly the same number of tourists. Unless every tourist goes once and each islander goes 24 times a year!

william james crawford
william james crawford (@guest_829425)
16 days ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

I think that you underestimate the number of cruise ships that now visit Port Stanley. The other interesting thing about Stanley is that the few thousand inhabitants are now increasingly wealthy on the strength of effective control of their waters and licences for taking squid, almost all of which end off in Spain as calamari..

Mark
Mark (@guest_829427)
16 days ago

That from memory has been hit by the Brexit deal.

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_829430)
16 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Good they can ship it to the UK. I like calamari😀

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke (@guest_829432)
15 days ago
Reply to  Mark B

Had to get hold of good quality calamari in the UK ATM!

william james crawford
william james crawford (@guest_829441)
15 days ago
Reply to  Mark

I don’t think so – we were leaving Port Stanley 2 years ago after dark, and there were 2 Spanish freighters loading from large fishing boats under arc lights in the outer harbour.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_829457)
15 days ago

But how do those income streams trickle down to the 4,000 islanders’ bank accounts?

william james crawford
william james crawford (@guest_829462)
15 days ago
Reply to  Graham Moore

They don’t have to; they result in the public services (school, hospital, care etc) being brilliant, despite being a spot on the ocean. But, in relation to the small population a lot of high value jobs in Stanley are provided by processing fish and seafood.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_829643)
15 days ago

Thanks. Sounds like you have local and current knowledge. I went down there on a 6-monther in 1999/2000. Some wealth was showing even then – many new houses of Scandi-design on the outskirts of town beyond the cemetery – known as ‘Millionaires Row’.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_829437)
15 days ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

Even in 2020 there were 72,000 cruise ship visitors per year…last year on it’s busiest day it had almost 6,000 tourists wandering around the island.

Graham Moore
Graham Moore (@guest_829458)
15 days ago
Reply to  A&Daccountant

When I was in the Falklands in 1999/2000, there were a fair few cruise ships visiting then. Local shopowners often priced up stock in $ as well as £FI.

Ron
Ron (@guest_829423)
16 days ago

Mmmm, maybe we should keep her operational. Only saying.

Mark B
Mark B (@guest_829428)
16 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Shssss … you will give the game away😀

Mike
Mike (@guest_829424)
16 days ago

Visitor numbers hoped for appear quite high.

It would be great if tourism to Falklands could be boosted to get to that figure.

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_829438)
15 days ago
Reply to  Mike

Huge numbers of cruise ships now visit..on some days they have up to 6000 tourists wandering around..in 2020 they had 72,000 visitors.

Mike
Mike (@guest_829439)
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Wow! Hadn’t realised it had reached so high.

Still believe they could do more to promote tourism by flight from Brize ( perhaps a large subsidy).

Chris
Chris (@guest_829459)
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonathan

72000 people during COVID, that’s impressive considering the islands were locked down completely

Jonathan
Jonathan (@guest_830058)
13 days ago
Reply to  Chris

It was for the 19/20 period…so covid only hit the very end.

DH
DH (@guest_829454)
15 days ago

Hmm, ZH801……. Subtlety not wasted. 😊🙃🕳️

Bob
Bob (@guest_829456)
15 days ago

Does anyone know how this was paid for ? This seems an incredibly time consuming and costly thing to do?

Heidfirst
Heidfirst (@guest_829473)
15 days ago

that Lynx crippled the Santa Fe in South Georgia

Gunbuster
Gunbuster (@guest_829579)
15 days ago

That Lynx was I think still on Brilliant when I joined her in early 83. I will check the photos tonight!

Pretty sure its also in my FDO Log book as one of the many I landed on.

Craig Gatensby
Craig Gatensby (@guest_829627)
15 days ago

I was lucky enough to have spent the new year 1999-2000.Onboard the F.I.P.V. Sailing round the Sub Antarctic Islands South Georgia,Elephant Island & the small unnamed islands.Loved taking a RIB ashore & discovering the penguins & seals in their thousands which were very trusting or nieve having never seen humans as a threat.They obviously stink of fish,Krill & their own discharges. “Never mentioned on TV documentaries.”

Christopher
Christopher (@guest_830044)
14 days ago

is the idiot running this page still trying to get you to buy a subscription, he blocked me on Facebook lol

George Allison
George Allison (@george-allison)
13 days ago
Reply to  Christopher

Obviously I did, you’re rude and hostile, why would I want to deal with that?