Harrier jets over San Pedro 20-30 years ago
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Flying over la isla Bonita. Photo credit: Jonathan Herod

Royal Airforce landing his Harrier, San Pedro Ďairstripí whilst we were on ops in Central America in 1977. Photo credit: John William Boston

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Harrier jets over San Pedro 20-30 years ago

Top photo: A combat air patrol (CAP), 1970ís.


Anyone remember these Harriers in Belize back in the day ?

Yep, were my air cover when I recced xsclapl/yucitan , being based in coral lodge,

Yes and that's a great shot. loved those daze when the RPL showed up at the public dock. Lots of laughter.

Us old sea dogs from the RPL's always valued the hospitality of the island and still fond memories of some great weekends in San Pedro. I used to stay with Taff and Rose , wonderful hospitality ....happy days indeed

Grant Crimmins Not sure when the photo was taken, it is not mine, but must be a bit over 20 years ago now..... Holdfast camp to San Pedro, one Minute via Hawker Harrier.

I demobbed (3 queens) 78 so might be 30 years

I do I do!!! I was managing The Don Quixote Hotel in Consejo Shores by Corozal Town. I had lots of the British Forces visiting the hotel and they used to do an early morning "FLYBY" lol almost every day and scare everyone.

And the puma helicopter (RAF) ferrying the lads over and back to the mainland for island surviver training.

I was just back five years ago and stayed at Martha's - sadly both hancocks, Peter & Peggy had passed on. Good timed had by all.

Got "strafed" by a couple while on a catamaran trip to Caye Caulker. Seemed like we could have touched them they were so low.

John William Boston: They stayed with me @ Army House (Coral Lodge) whilst awaiting spare parts from RAF Brize Norton. In gratitude for my fancy cooking (easy.. was always lobster I gaffed from the reef) they gave me personalised flybys. When I lived in the island 1977 they were only permitted to stay at army house for security reasons.. after our security mission was complete.. San Pedro basically became a holiday retreat not a training centre

Francis Paul Ripp: The pilots used to stay at Journey's End and I lived next door at a house I was finishing and selling for Charlie Adcock. One day they buzzed us and came in so low they clipped the coconut trees and almost hit the house. Believe me they got in a world of shi- and never buzzed us again, around 1987. Journey's End became an R&R for officers, choppers came out all the time and landed behind resort by lagoon, this was the mid 80's.

Letty Varela: As a little girl back then, I remember seeing them flying and we would wave as it flew by

Photograph courtesy Grant Crimmins

Holdfast camp to San Pedro, one Minute via Hawker Harrier. Iím the one shirtless.
Photograph courtesy John William Boston

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