London, Feb 3 (ANI): A two-seater Harrier jet that that helped Britain triumph in the Falklands War, is now being offered for 69,999 pounds on eBay, complete with both cannon and missile storage pods.
The sale is particularly poignant as the Government announced to widespread outrage in October last year that it was scrapping the country's fleet of Harrier jump jets to save money.
Considered one of the country's greatest technological achievements, the British-built military jets were the first in the world to take off and land vertically.
Introduced by the RAF in 1969, their ability to hover above the ground enabled the aircraft to fly in and out of battlefields that conventional jets could not reach.
The 700mph plane became known nationally after it played a crucial role in the UK winning back the Falklands after they were invaded by Argentina in 1982. The plane also served for five years in Afghanistan.
After it was decommissioned in 1997, an aircraft restoration company rescued it from the scrap yard.
Current owner Chris Wilson, 33, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, who served as a mechanic in the RAF, said it would be possible to make the Harrier air-worthy, even though it has been stripped of its Rolls Royce engine.
"Without the Harrier we would never have been able to retake the Falkland Islands. It's an awesome piece of equipment - a truly classic British engineering feat," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. (ANI)