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Fort Lauderdale Air Show To Feature Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, Which Can Hover And Perform Vertical Takeoffs And Landings

Fort Lauderdale Air Show attendees will be in for a special treat. 

The U.S. Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier—an aircraft able to perform a vertical takeoff and landing—has joined the lineup for the 2016 event, set to take place May 7 and May 8 on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show will be one of only four shows in the nation to feature the highly sought after aircraft this year.

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During the dramatic demonstration, the Harrier descends vertically as if it’s hovering, rotates 360 degrees and transitions from a standstill hover into forward flight.

Bryan Lilley, president of the Air Show, attributes Fort Lauderdale’s securing of a Harrier demo and other top acts to the renewed support for the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, which is returning from a two-year hiatus.

“The tremendous military support for the return to flight of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show has allowed us to put together the best performer line up in North America in 2016,” he said in a release.

Headliners for the Air Show are the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and Breitling Jet Team from Dijon, France. Other performances include a Canadian Air Force F-18 Hornet demo, GEICO Skytypers and the first civilian flight demo of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Tickets to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show are on sale now. Single-day tickets in the Drop Zone start at $32 per day for adults and $19 for children. 

Watch an example of a Harrier’s vertical landing below: