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Hawker Hunter - Survivor 'IF-70' (really ID-46)

F.4 IF-70 - Musee Royale de l'Armee et d'Histoire Militaire, Brussels, Belgium

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Hunter F.4 IF-70 at Brussels, 22nd February 2020; John Ironside

Presented in the smart colours of the Belgian Air Force's aerobatic team, the Diables Rouges (Red Devils), this Hunter is not actually IF-70, but is really ID-46, which is an F.4 built during 1956 under licence by Avions-Fairey of Belgium. Delivered in January 1957, she served with 7 Squadron of 7 Wing and was coded 7J-F. Her flying career lasted almost 6 months before she suffered damage in a crash on 13th June 1957, and after recovery she was assigned to the Technical School at Saffraanberg for use as a ground instructional airframe. By March 1960 she had been presented to the Musee Royale at Brussels. In 1977 she was moved to Brustem, restored and painted in her current Red Devils paint scheme as IF-70 (an F.6; indeed no F.4 wore these colours). She starred in the static display at that year's Brustem air show before returning to the Musee Royale, where she has been on display ever since as the photo above shows...!

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