"Why Single-Engine STOVL?"
(See T. Herman, pp. 72-77, April 2000 Proceedings)
Colonel Ross J. Hieb, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)—I was a Harrier pilot for 24 years. I trained in England in predevelopment Harriers, flew AV-8As and day-and-night attack AV-8Bs from grass, amphibious assault ships (LPHs), amphibious transport docks (LPDs), roads, and expeditionary strips, both day and night. I was commanding officer of the AV-8B fleet readiness squadron and of MAG-13. In addition, I was the then-OP-05 (Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Air Warfare) representative for short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) development. I also sat on the source selection committee for prototype development of the Joint Strike Fighter. The following observations are based on that experience: