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Survivor WT555

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WT555 - Pickfords Vanguard, Greenford, Greater London

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Hunter F.1 WT555 at Greenford, 1990; Graham O'Driscoll

WT555 was the first production F.1 and therefore quite an important airframe. First flown on 16th May 1953 from Hawker's plant at Dunsfold, it was retained by them for handling and performance trials. Retired to ground instructional duties at RAF Locking, it was then transferred to the RAF Museum at Cosford. Incredibly, they decided to dispose of it - the owner of Vanguard Haulage wasted no time in snapping it up and displays it from time to time on the roof of his business as a publicity tool. The picture above was taken in 1990 - a few months later the aircraft was removed from the roof and placed in storage; however in March 2004 the aircraft appeared on the roof once more. As Vanguard has now been swallowed up by Pickfords the aircraft's future may be in some doubt.

Information on this page current as of 05/04/2004

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