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Survivor WV372 (G-BXFI)

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WV372 - Canfield Hunter Ltd. (flyer), North Weald, Essex

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Hunter T.7 WV372 at Kemble, 19th June 2011; author

WV372 was built as an F.4 and first flew on 15th July 1955. Delivered to 222(F) Squadron on 2nd September 1955, around a year later her rear fuselage was badly damaged by an in-flight fire caused by hot exhaust gases escaping when the jetpipe detached from the engine. Returned to Hawkers, she was repaired and converted to a T.7 and returned to the RAF (5 MU) on May 1959. She went on to serve with the RAF Jever and Gutersloh Station Flights, II(AC) Squadron (in whose colours she now flies) and 4 FTS. After retirement she was one of Jet Heritage's airworthy Hunters and carried out one of her first public displays in 1998. Since then the aircraft has changed hands several times, having been owned by the Fox One consortium (based at Kemble), then Conciair Ltd and then Hunter Flying (based for some time at Exeter, and part of the short-lived Team Viper display team, before moving to their new base at St. Athan). She was put up for sale once more and is now based with new owners at North Weald - and should be back on the airshow circuit this summer.

Information on this page current as of 24/06/2013

Find other photos of WV372 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - IrishAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net

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This page last updated on Wednesday 4th April 2012

Visitor Comments

5 people have commented on this page. This is comment section 1 of 1.

Chris Ellen from Loch Lomond

Posted at 7:30pm on Monday, November 25th, 2013

Graham, I am seriously impressed. It must be costing you a fortune to keep this wonderful aircraft flying!
Thank you.

Graham Peacock from Epping

Posted at 2:16pm on Monday, June 24th, 2013

Fox 1 is now based at North Weald, owned by Canfield Hunter Ltd. Still in No 2 sqdn colours, she looks magnificent and is displaying this summer.

Dean West from Essex

Posted at 1:57pm on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The aircraft is now at North Weald. However I have no idea who owns her!

Barrie Prescott from Goodwood

Posted at 11:02am on Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Thanks for your comments. Actually, I was responsible for the original purchase from Jet Heritage (Bournemouth) and the set up of Fox-One Ltd in 1998. Qwnership was transferred to my Air Charter Company (Heritage Group) in 2010. She still remains under the management of Delta Jets and I believe, in her No.2AC sqdn colours and her recorded history, she is the best Hunter flying anywhere today. Regards Barrie Prescott

Barrie P{rescott from Goodwood UK

Posted at 4:25am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Fox-1 now no longer owned by consortium. From Jan 2010 she is owned by Conciair Ltd.Check out web site www.conciair.co.uk.
Regds Barrie Prescott CEO

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