Hawker Hunter - Links, References & Credits
- Hawker Hunter Aviation are the UK's major Hunter operator, and fly several aircraft on military duties including threat simulation and trials support. They are based at RAF Scampton and some of their aircraft occasionally show up at airshows.
- Mark Russell's FRADU Hunters site details the history and locations of surviving ex-FRADU airframes.
- Gordon Williams has put together this rather nice Swiss Hunters Info site, dedicated to the 160 Hunters that went to Switzerland.
- The Hunter Operational Register - a site dedicated to the Hunter and those who've flown the type. Brief aircraft histories, lots of photos but they're mostly tiny and it's a difficult site to navigate.
- Vic Flintham's excellent site has some Hunter coverage.
- The Fliegermuseum Altenrhein is another place to go if you want to fly a Hunter.
- HunterFlight Pty. in Australia are restoring an ex-Singapore Defence Force twin-seater to flying condition, and have news and pictures on their web site.
- Pacific Hunter Aviation of Australia have some ex-Singapore Hunters for sale.
- Sir Sydney Camm from the Allstar Aerospace Hall of Fame.
References - Books
MDF 16 - The Hawker Hunter - A Comprehensive Guide by Paul Bradley
Published by SAM Publications, 2009
Firmly aimed at the modeller, this softback 127-page book nevertheless kicks off with a brief development history and outlines the types service career with the RAF and various export customers. A mixture of colour and monochrome photos, many previously unpublished, show off a good variety of airframes before we move on to a chapter dedicated to colour schemes with a great selection of very well done colour profiles. Following that is a walkaround with plenty of photos of the nitty gritty of the Hunter airframe accompanied by various drawings (though the stencilling diagram is sadly reproduced far too small and is basically unreadable as a result), a chapter on modelling the Hunter with reviews of the various kits available and a list of available kits, decals, aftermarket improvements etc. Tucked in the back is a fold-out set of accurate 1/72 scale plans - a first in print I believe as most existing plans are less than accurate. As a "one-stop shop" for those modelling the Hunter, it's hard to beat.
Hawker Hunter - 50 Golden Years by Ray Deacon
Published by Vogelsang Publications, 2001
A superb pictorial round-up of just about every airworthy (or near-airworthy) Hunter at the time it was published. A valuable reference - and I'd say that even if I weren't biased because Ray is a keen supporter of this web site!
Legends of the Air volume 1: F-86 Sabre, MiG-15 and Hawker Hunter by Stewart Wilson
Published by Airlife, 1995
Haven't seen this one myself.
Warpaint Series No.8 Hawker Hunter by Alan W. Hall
Published by Hall Park Books, 1997
"It's bloody good" - Rick Kent. I'll go along with that! Lots of pictures, development and service history, scale plans of many variants, loads of colour profiles. The best £11.50 you could spend on a Hunter book.
Modern Combat Aircraft 15: Hawker Hunter by Robert Jackson
ISBN 0 7110 1216 4
Published by Ian Allan, 1982
Excellent book covering development, RAF service, slightly patchy coverage of the Hunter in foreign service and production listing.
Hawker Hunter - The Operational Record by Robert Jackson
ISBN 1 85310 048 X
Published by Airlife, 1989
Contains a lot of duplicated material from the above book, but concentrates on service use with both the RAF and other air forces. Better foreign coverage but no appendices and if you only want one of this author's two Hunter books, the other one is a better all-round choice.
Hunter Squadrons of the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm by Richard L Ward
ISBN 0 946958 13 0
Published by Linewrights, 1985
Packed with pics (including a colour section) and loads of line drawings of colour schemes. Only criticism is he's missed out the RAF Flying College which operated about 15 Hunters for some time before it was renamed the College of Air Warfare at Manby.
Aircam Aviation Series No.26 - Hawker Hunter F.1/T.66 in Royal Air Force & Foreign Service by Richard Ward and Francis K. Mason
ISBN 85045 041 1
Published by Osprey Publications, 1971
Useful text plus loads of pics and colour profiles - well worth a look.
Fighting Colors - Hawker Hunter in Color by Robbie Robinson
Published by Squadron/Signal Publications, 1986
Not as good as Dick Ward's or Alan Hall's books but worth a look - nice pics and colour detail of u/c, cockpit, etc for the model-making fraternity.
Hawker Hunter by Barry Jones
ISBN 1 86126 0830
Published by Crowood Press, 1998
Has a few nice pics in it that haven't been seen before, but otherwise a bit disappointing. The appendicies on Tech Data and Production & Serial Blocks are very thin on the ground (no individual a/c histories at all), and also the first 24 pages have nothing to do with the Hunter at all (e.g. how does the Me 163 get in there?).
Hawker Hunter in Action by Glenn Ashley
Published by Squadron/Signal Publications, 1992
The usual Squadron/Signal format and quality.
Aeroguide No. 9 - Hunter F.6/FGA.9
Published by Linewrights
Now out of print so if you see one, grab it. Lots of detail pictures (mostly monochrome) and scale plans.
References - Magazines
- Aeroplane Monthly February 1996: Preservation Profile - Hunter F.4 XE677. Short (one-page) article with a full-page colour picture of the ill-fated G-HHUN (which also stars on the cover).
- Aeroplane Monthly December 1996: has a gorgeous Swiss F.58 on the front cover and the centre spread is a superb shot of the RAE's XE601. However apart from those two photographic feasts, no other Hunter material in this issue!
- Aeroplane Monthly August 1998: Hunter Odyssey - article on the acquisition and flight to South Africa of two ex-Swiss Hunters, with a number of nice pictures.
- Aeroplane Monthly July 2001: Hawker Hunter 50th - 18 pages of Hunter articles, superb - well worth seeking out.
- Aircraft Illustrated May 1983: Flying Hunter One's G-HUNT by Adrian Gjertsen, then display pilot of the aircraft. Now stored at Oshkosh, this all-red Hunter was one of the first civilian-operate examples and this is a great article from the pilot with some beautiful pictures including a great centre-spread.
- Aircraft Illustrated October 1991: has a beautiful underside shot of an RN GA.11 (in the overall dark sea grey scheme) on the front cover, very useful for modellers. Nothing much inside the magazine though.
- Aircraft Illustrated May 1994: Happy 'Hunting' Grounds - photo-report from RAF Lossiemouth in the final months of RAF Hunter service. Several colour pictures of the various two-seaters then still in use.
- Air Forces Monthly November 1994: Singapore or Bust by Peter Atkins. Good article on delivering a Hunter to the Singapore Air Force with plenty of pictures of SAF Hunters. This issue also came with a booklet titled Hunter Homage - A Pictorial Tribute to the Retiring Hunter, with lots of excellent colour pictures of Hunters from India, Chile, Switzerland and the UK (FRADU/RAE/ETPS/MoD(PE)/RAF).
- Air Power International issue 7 March 1995: Hunters in Swiss Air Force Service by Peter R. Foster - great article with lots of superb colour pictures, many of Hunters in special paint schemes. Well worth seeking out.
- Air Power International issue 8 April 1995: Hunters in Royal Navy Service by Peter R. Foster - another great article with lots of superb colour pictures!
- Air Pictorial March 1972: Hunter T.66A by Elfan ap Rees - single page article on the T.66A G-APUX, with a single monochrome picture.
- AIR International volume 49 number 3 September 1995: The Hunter Two-Seater by Roy Braybrook. Detailed article on the development of the twin-tub Hunter with monochrome and colour pictures, 3-view and 3D cutaway - excellent.
- Air World International volume 2 number 5 September 1996: includes an article on Jet Heritage with some nice colour pictures of their various Hunters.
- FlyPast September 1982: Why I Flew my Hunter Through Tower Bridge by Alan Pollock, the daredevil pilot who marked the RAF's 50th anniversary in style in April 1968!
- FlyPast February 1994: Maintaining the Legend by Robert Rudhall. An article on Jet Heritage's operation with some nice pictures of G-BOOM and other JH aircraft.
- FlyPast April 1996: Hunter Magic - excellent article by Sqd Ldr Dave Southwood on flying the RAE's Hunter FGA.9, XE601. Also includes lots of beautiful pictures of this particularly attractive Hunter.
- FlyPast May 1998: Cavete! - Hunters - two pages of monochrome pictures of 66 Squadron's Hunters in 1959/60.
- Jets November/December 1998: includes a number of excellent articles on the Hunter, from news of recently restored examples to a feature on the Black Arrows and an article on Hunters in MoD service. Definitely worth getting hold of.
- Military in Scale December 1997: Aeronautical Elegance - article on building the Academy 1/48 kit along with a few pictures, some of which are detail pictures.
- Scale Aircraft Modelling volume 10 number 10: The Magnificent Seven - Jim Howard builds the Echelon 1/32 vacform T.7. Also includes 1/72 scale plans for the T.7.
- Scale Aircraft Modelling volume 11 number 9: includes an article on Chilean air power (Hunter operators of course) but more importantly an Inside Story on two-seat Hunters (detail pictures).
- Scale Aircraft Modelling volume 19 number 5: has part 1 of a review of the Academy 1/48 kit.
- Scale Aircraft Modelling volume 19 number 8: has a review of the PJ 1/72 kit.
- Scale Aircraft Modelling volume 19 number 9: has part 2 of a review of the Academy 1/48 kit as well as a review of the Airfix 1/72 FGA.9.
- Scale Aviation Modeller International volume 3 issue 6 June 1997: includes 1/48 scale plans for the F.6.
- Scale Aviation Modeller International volume 3 issue 11 November 1997: Hawker Hunter FGA.9 - article on building the Academy 1/48 kit - and one to read and take note of, judging from the anguish the fit of the wings caused the author of the article! Also includes a Sketchpad article with good drawings of the single-seater cockpit interior.
- Scale Aviation Modeller International volume 3 issue 12 December 1997: Colourful Hunters - eleven colour profiles of RAF/RN/RAE, Omani, Chilean, Danish and Swiss Hunters.
- Scale Aviation Modeller International volume 4 issue 4 April 1998: Hunter Made for Two - Bill Clark builds the Academy 1/48 F.6 kit and converts it to a T.7 using the Invicta conversion set. Also includes a number of colour pictures of the RAE's T.7 XL564. Bill is one of the few reviewers to pick up on the too-small wheels in this kit. There's also a detail picture photo album feature, mostly on T.8C WV322, with lots of closeups in colour.
- Scale Models March 1979: Warpaint 3 - three rather nice colour profiles of a Kuwaiti F.57, RAF FGA.9 and Singaporean F.74 plus five monochrome pictures of RAF FGA.9/FR.10s, Singaporean F.74(A)s and a Jordanian FGA.9.
- Scale Models International August 1984: Honington Hunters - article on RAF Honington's Hunters, mostly monochrome pictures of RAF/RN two-seaters but three colour ones too.
- Scale Models International September 1994: Hawker Hunter - article on building Aeroclub's 1/48 FGA.9 multi-media kit as the RAE's XE601.
- Scale Models International December 1997: A Hesitant Hunter - Jonathan Mock builds (and corrects) the Academy 1/48 F.6 kit.
This section would have been greatly the poorer without contributions from the following - so many thanks to (in
Zane Adams, Dave Allanson, Alan Allen, David Atkinson, Michael Baldock, Allan Barley, Jim Bates, Serge Batoussov, Nicolaas Van den Bergh, Ludo De Beuckeleer, Indrajit Bhosle, Roy Blewett, Jay D. Bohnenblust, Neil Broady, Pete Buckingham, David J. Burke, John Burtenshaw, Les Bywaters, Nick Challoner, Rupak Chattopadhyay, Chiok Ching Chaw, Deepak Chopra, Dick Clements (RIP), Ray Deacon, Bob Dunn, Chris Ford, Nicolas Godfurnon, Dave Graham, Bob Guilford, Michael Hall, Thomas P. Hofer, David Hill, Terry Johnson, Chuan Keng Keat, Rick Kent, Rupert Kent, Alan Kilham, Mike Kopack, Zvi Kreisler, Garry Lakin, Bob Lawson, Andy Lewis, Tom McGhee, Andrew McNeil, Julian Mitchell, Jagan Mohan, Glen Moreman, Paul Nann, John Nickolls, Per Thorup Pedersen, Alvaro Andre Romero Perez, Fred Pierce, Mathias Potulski, Peter Powell, Mike Reeler, Graham Revill, David Ridsdale, Ian Russell, Graham Salt, Nick Sayers, Sven Schepers, Shantanu Sen, Smithy, Urs Stoller, Hugh Taylor, Mark Taylor, Luiz F. Tedeschi, Ian Turner, Stefan Weber, Christoph Westhaus, Buck Wyndham and Louis Vosloo.
Thanks also to the following organisations:
Aeromech, Ailes Anciennes, Classic Fighters, Classic Jets, Classic Jets (UK), Delta Jets, Eagles Air Museum, Embraer, IIT Kharagpur Alumni Network, Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Midland Air Museum, The Old Flying Machine Company, RAF Coltishall, RAF Henlow, RAF Valley, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Warbirds of India, Waterbeach Barracks, Wolverhampton Aviation Group and the Queensland Air Museum.