By Bad Seed
John Farley, explains, in detail, how the Harrier takes of vertically and maintains control whilst in the hover.
This is a clip from the video "Harrier: The Vertical Reality" An excellent and highly recommended piece of work.
John Farley first flew the P.1127 in 1964 while a test pilot at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. He spent 19 years contributing to the development of the Harrier, retiring as Chief Test Pilot BAe Dunsfold.
In 1990 he became the first Western test pilot to fly the MiG-29 fighter