Marine Harriers

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) land aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during flight operations in the South China Sea June 29, 2011. VMA-214 was conducting an air qualification exercise in order to provide air support to the 31st MEU during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl Steve Acuff, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II aircraft with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) land aboard the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) during flight operations in the South China Sea June 29, 2011. VMA-214 was conducting an air qualification exercise in order to provide air support to the 31st MEU during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl Steve Acuff, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

The US, Spain, and Italy still operate Harriers. The Brits retired the last of theirs in December.

A couple of weeks ago there, was a report that the US government had bought some of the retired British planes for spare parts to keep the Marine Harriers flying until the F-35B arrives, but the Ministry of Defence denied it. Does anyone have any clarification on this story?

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