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Sea Harrier arrives for Lehigh Valley Air Show

Sea Harrier arrives for Lehigh Valley Air Show

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - The sky will be filled with unique entertainment at this weekend's Lehigh Valley Air Show.

Among the attractions is a Sea Harrier. The world's only privately owned, air-worthy Harrier arrived at Lehigh Valley International Airport Monday.

"It's a very impressive airplane," said Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Art Nalls, who owns and pilots the plane.

"The airplane is capable of going as fast as 720 miles an hour. I exceeded 700 miles an hour the other day at the Rochester Air Show and two minutes later I'll be at a dead stop hover," he explained. "It can do a pedal turn, a 360 degree turn from the hover and it's capable of doing a vertical landing or a rolling landing,"

Charles Everett, the Executive Director of the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority, said, "We wanted to give people the opportunity with the air show to come to the airport and see things that they don't normally see."

While you can get up close to check out the Sea Harrier, don't expect to get to sit in the cockpit like you can with other aircraft at the show.

"The ejection seat's live and there's a risk and liability associated with that," said Nalls.

Of course the Sea Harrier is not the show's only attraction.

Everett said, "We're bringing the Black Diamonds back, they fly the L-39s so there will be several L-39s there at the show. The 4CE is coming back and they are, amongst their team are two national aerobatic champions."

Everett said they're hoping to top last year's attendance of about 42,000 people.

"You won't see anything like this any place else," he said.

The Lehigh Valley Air Show is Saturday and Sunday at the Lehigh Valley International Airport.

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