To commemorate the 50th anniversary of a record-breaking year in the field of aeronautics and aviation, AVI-8, in partnership with aviation restoration company Jet Art Aviation, presents the Hawker Harrier Retrograde Chronograph Blue Nylon Limited Edition.
In an operation code-named Blue Nylon by the RAF, a Harrier GR Mk. 1 was enlisted to participate in the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Flight Lieutenants Alcock and Brown’s first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919.
The race was held between 4th and 11th May 1969, although named an air race, it was actually a race of individuals between the Post Office Tower in London to the Empire State Building in New York. Each of the individuals who entered was required to use some form of air transport. With a number of different categories, a total of 21 prizes could be won.
On the 5th May 1969, flying Harrier XV741, Squadron Leader Tom Lecky-Thompson flew from St. Pancras railway station in London, landing in New York in 6 hours and 11 minutes. The race captured the attention of the general public on both sides of the Atlantic, highlighting the versatility and operational capabilities of the Harrier, dramatically underlined by its sheer vertical take-off from a disused coal yard in St. Pancras, in the middle of London.
The Blue Nylon Limited Edition, designed in collaboration with Jet Art Aviation, features a genuine piece of the fuselage of the original Harrier XV741. Limited to 300 pieces and each uniquely numbered, the Blue Nylon is set to be an instant collectible.
The Blue Nylon has a split time Japanese precision quartz chronograph, featuring a retrograde date display along with split-second elapsed timing read off, triggered by the anodized aluminum pusher. Bold arrow-shaped hour and minute hands delivery pinpoint timing at a glance.
The watch is presented in a canvas wrapped gift box with a display stand, which abridges the anniversary and shows off the Blue Nylon Limited Edition timepiece from AVI-8 to superb effect.
The Blue Nylon will be available for pre-order from 4th – 10th May at a special pre-launch price only on AVI-8 website.