Two ex-RAF jets put up for auction in Northamptonshire with no reserve price have gone to private buyers. A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 jump-jet has been bought by a man from Essex for £105,800.
A woman pilot who flew this type of aircraft bought the 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 for £36,800.
Silverstone Auctions, which sold the aircraft, did not name the buyers but described the sale as a “unique opportunity” to acquire “RAF history”. Sold for display purposes, the jet has 3,000 hours of active service, including use as the personal mount of the Commanding Officer of 56 Squadron and visits to Malaysia and Alaska on exercise. This was likely to be the only time a Tornado F3 was offered for auction as the entire fleet had either been scrapped or was in museums.
The cockpit of the Harrier still has its ejector seat. The Harrier, which served during the Cold War, Belize and the Falklands, is described as being preserved “in almost time capsule condition”.