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Survivor J-4059 (ZU-AVC, ex 3D-HUN)

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J-4059 - Ron Wheeldon (flyer), Thunder City, Cape Town, South Africa

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Hunter F.58 J-4059 at height over South Africa; Ron Wheeldon

Owned by Ron Wheeldon and flown regularly, J-4059 is normally based at Thunder City along with his other Hunter - J-4202. She's currently undergoing servicing at Rand airport, Germiston, which will include some touch-ups on the paintwork. Ron, a long-time fan of the Hunter having had one possibly save his life by carrying out a strike against terrorists when he was in the Zimbabwean Army, actually originally tried to procure this aircraft for the SAAF Museum, but when they decided they didn't want it, was offered the aircraft himself - and said yes, of course! J-4059 first flew in June 1959 and served with the Swiss Air Force for 35 years before retirement. Arriving in SA in 1996, she was flown briefly before being grounded by the SA CAA. Then certified by the Swaziland CAA as 3D-HUN, she took to the air again and was eventually certified by the SA CAA under her current ID of ZU-AVC.

Find other photos of J-4059 on the following sites:

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