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24 January 2012

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Last year artist Fiona Banner exhibited a Harrier Jump Jet at London’s Tate Britain, hung like a “captive bird” as part of a modern art exhibit called Harrier and Jaguar. Symbolically turning the combat jet from brutal warplane to submissive beast found mixed emotions among aviation enthusiasts, but few would have imagined that less than a year later Britain would retire its Harriers amid controversial defence cuts and Banner’s image would become reality.

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