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Survivor WV372 (G-BXFI)

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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 ended her civilian flying career) 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, ending up based with new owners at North Weald and returned to the airshow circuit. Sadly on 22nd August 2015 she crashed at the Shoreham Airshow, impacting a busy road junction and causing multiple ground fatalities - the first in the UK since 1952 due in no small part to the strict safety regime put in place by the Civil Aviation Authority. As an immediate result, Hunter flying has been temporarily banned and high energy aerobatic manouevres by vintage jets over land have been banned too. At the time of writing pilot Andy Hill is fighting for his life in hospital.

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Roger Wilkins from Buckinghamshire

Postd at 10:34am on Sunday, March 8th, 2015

I was a pilot on No.2 Sqdn from 1965 to 1968. WV 372 was our two seat trainer during that period and I have flown her many times. I am very pleased that she is still flying and in such immaculate condition. I look forward very much to see her flying this yeer.

Chris Ellen from Loch Lomond

Postd 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

Postd 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

Postd 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

Postd 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

Postd 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
Regds Barrie Prescott CEO

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