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The Harrier II "Jump Jet" is the second generation of vertical/short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) jet aircraft of the late 20th century. They were developed from the earlier Hawker-Siddeley Harriers, are primarily used for light attack or multi-role tasks, and are almost all operated from small aircraft carriers. The Harrier is now built by McDonnell Douglas. The Harrier in this picture is hovering just a few feet over the ground; the heat from the jet exhaust distorts the ground below.