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Survivor WT612

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WT612 - RAF Henlow (gate guard), Bedfordshire

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Hunter F.1 WT612 at RAF Henlow, 9th November 2008; Simon George

The oldest Hunter gate guard in existence is Henlow's F.1 WT612. First flying in July 1954, and actually one of the development aircraft, it didn't exactly have a long career, being grounded in 1957 and spending the years until 1984 as a ground instructional airframe, being gutted internally in the process, after which it was rescued and placed on the gate at Henlow. WT612 was looking somewhat faded and tired when I visited in 2002 but I'm told she's structurally sound, and in early 2004 she was moved to RAF Wittering for a complete repaint and has now been returned to gate guard duties at Henlow, looking absolutely immaculate - as you can see from Simon's photo!

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