Citing the jet’s capability compared to the F-35B, the UK will purchase 124 Harrier jets.

It is understood that the capability of the F-35B compared to the capability of the Harrier jet was the driving factor behind this decision.

Speaking in an obscure website comment section, ‘Bring back the Harrier’ spokesman Terry-Bill Boar said:

“This is a welcome decision! While it is true that Harrier is slower and can carry much less than the F-35B, it offers much greater situational awareness than the suite of equipment on the F-35B. For example, flying slower gives the pilot more time to look out of the cockpit canopy and has a more personal touch than using a range of sensors.”

The Ministry of Defence said:

“The F-35B is far more capable than the Harrier and using them in combat would be incredibly unfair and a give a bad image of a new, fairer Global Britain. As a result, we have decided to ‘bring back the Harrier’ on a temporary basis.”

It is understood that the Royal Air Force will be trialling an innovative solution in order to find personnel for the new aircraft. I’m told that anyone who thinks the UK should have purchased more Harriers instead of the F-35B is eligible to fly, as no one else can be found to fly a relatively obsolete aircraft.


Congratulations, and thank you for reading the whole article; this is just an April Fools Day joke. The article above is not true, and if anyone is sharing it after April 1st, please remind them of that fact.

The purpose of this article, aside from our usual April Fool’s Day joke, is to make the point that reading beyond the headline should be the norm every day, not just on the 1st of April. There’s a large volume of misinformation online. Make sure you don’t add to it by sharing articles without reading them. Finally, be careful of the person sharing this article after the 1st of April as they very clearly don’t read what they share.

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Tom Cargill
Tom Cargill
5 days ago

April fools!!!!

frank
frank
4 days ago
Reply to  Tom Cargill

No Really ? ο»ΏπŸ™„ο»Ώ

Darryl2164
Darryl2164
5 days ago

If only !! Happy April fools day

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
5 days ago

Presumably these are the Airfix kits the MOD mentioned in 2011. As long as there on deck by Halloween 😑 I can’t see a ο»Ώο»Ώproblem.

dc647
dc647
4 days ago

Good one!!!! “I pity the fools” from the legendary B A Baracus if you’re not old enough to remember ask your parents
Happy April Fools

Last edited 4 days ago by dc647
DeeBee
DeeBee
4 days ago

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ There’s quite a few people who would like this to be true!!

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
4 days ago

Not sure why the USMC don’t try flying Harriers of them, to be honest. The Ramp and SRVL would probably reduce fuel consumption relative to the America class and also have more sortie rate due to the larger deck

Tommo
Tommo
4 days ago

I’ll have a go and my mate Biggles he often flys undone

rst 2001
rst 2001
4 days ago

Finally common sense has prevailed , a day to remember

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
4 days ago
Reply to  rst 2001

That had better be sarcastic

rst 2001
rst 2001
4 days ago
Reply to  SailorBoy

πŸ™‚

Sooty
Sooty
4 days ago

Joking apart the premature withdrawal of the UK Harrier force and also the Tornado were massive cuts in capability, something that I still consider unforegivable.

Andrew D
Andrew D
4 days ago

Is the pub open yet πŸ€—

James
James
4 days ago

It may sound like a funny joke but the UK lacks sufficient number of jets for the carriers ! The money spend on Ukraine could have been enough to buy many jets .

The Harrier looks like a beast ! One of the best looking fighter jet in history and the most unique it was . When Britain had industrial capacity and could do things alone

Arson Fire
Arson Fire
4 days ago
Reply to  James

Have a day off.

andy a
andy a
2 days ago
Reply to  James

No country in the world currently has capability to run f35 type project alone, even the US brought in others.The cost of cutting edge platforms is so high its made aircraft development a team sport.

David Lee
David Lee
4 days ago

Joking aside the decision to get rid of the sea harriers before we had a replacement was idiotic

Drew
Drew
4 days ago
Reply to  David Lee

The whole article is rubbish not at all funny

Arson Fire
Arson Fire
4 days ago
Reply to  Drew

I bet you get plenty of dinner party invites.

Drew
Drew
4 days ago
Reply to  Arson Fire

Butt out

Lee John fursman
Lee John fursman
4 days ago
Reply to  David Lee

As I see it lots of things we do are strange and almost idiotic, tornadoes, harrier, hercules and on and on, just have to look at these three platforms and the countries still using them and still buying one of them to think that we are not really as we should be… Merry Monday lads 🍻🍻🍻

John Clark
John Clark
4 days ago

Well done George, quite the coup getting a snippet from the future Labours governments first defence announcement.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

β€œThe F-35B is far more capable than the Harrier and using them in combat would be incredibly unfair and a give a bad image of a new, fairer Global Britain. As a result, we have decided to β€˜bring back the Harrier’ on a temporary basis.”

Absolutely golden……

David Owen
David Owen
4 days ago

The way things are going ,airfix should build the f35 b ,save money ,Britain’s model builders being called up for the build ,CONSCRIPTION BEGINS 2ND OF APRIL,LOL

Steve
Steve
4 days ago

🀣🀣 πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Keith Hitchman
Keith Hitchman
4 days ago

If only it were true. This government has a lot to answer for especially the Harrier’s untimely retirement. The state of our military is a disgrace. We are now the laughing stock of most of NATO , and Russia. The air force is depleted to an all-time low. Now they are retiring he older Typhoons..if ever the Russians try their luck, we would not last long than a month.

Rgh
Rgh
4 days ago

Seems reasonable to me and in line with HMG spending plans. Will they resurrect the 25 mm Aden gun and Redtop missiles to round off the package?

Arson Fire
Arson Fire
4 days ago
Reply to  Rgh

They have put out a tender for Zepplins

Dave
Dave
4 days ago

It would have been a sensible choice as would a third carrier but just from the headlines we knew it was an April fools joke, no British government from the past 40 or so years has done anything remotely sensible regarding our defence, actually regarding anything at all

Lee Hammond
Lee Hammond
3 days ago

What a stupid joke. Especially when scrapping the Harrier wasn’t much a stupid idea in the first place. Our combination of MPs and civilians servants have for too many years destroyed their defence off thistle once great nation.

Ed Baines
Ed Baines
2 days ago

I’d say HMS Princess Diana is a more hilarious use of Avril Fuller’s time.