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Survivor J-4103 (N4103Y, ex XE611)

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J-4103 - Privately owned (flyer, for sale), Van Nuys, California, USA

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Hunter F.58A J-4103 at Edwards AFB, 10th October 1999; Michael Baldock

Built as an F.6 and delivered to the RAF as XE611, this Hunter served with 208 and 43 Squadrons before being upgraded to FGA.9 status. She saw action against rebel tribesmen in the Radfan area while operating from RAF Khormaksar in Aden. Damaged after overshooting the runway at RAF Lyneham in December 1968, the RAF sold her back to Hawkers who converted to F.58 status and delivered to the Swiss Air Force in kit form. She flew with them as a target tug for many years before retirement, when she was donated to the Randall Hames Air Museum in the USA. Staging through Southend in the UK for demilitarisation, at this point the museum relucantly declined to accept the aircraft and she was instead bought by Dan Lavigna. He flew her mostly for personal pleasure but also took part in occasional airshows - she's pictured her at the 1999 Edwards AFB Open House. Sadly Dan was killed in a T-33 accident in early 2003 and so his Hunter is now up for sale - email Bob Guilford if you are interested.

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