One such pilot was Sir Peter Squire, former Chief of the Air Staff. Sir Peter led 1 (Fighter) Squadron during the Falklands campaign in 1982. He first flew the Harrier in 1975 and has flown all major variants of Harrier since.
Sir Peter Squire said:
"I always wanted to maintain the Harrier. It's THE aeroplane - it was beautifully harmonised. The Hunter was a joy to fix, but the Harrier did it all - thats why we had the best engineers on 801."