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Hawker Hunter - Survivor WT746

F.4 WT746 - Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Hunter F.4 WT746 at Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, 26th August 2021; Damien Burke

WT746 first flew on 1st March 1955 and was then delivered to No.5 Maintenance Unit. Its flying career was spent with the Air Fighting Development Squadron at RAF West Rayham in Norfolk from around 1960. After that it became a ground instructional airframe at various RAF technical establishments, including Halton and St. Athan. Its career ended when Saighton Camp near Chester closed and it was put up for disposal.

Bought and transported to the Museum in 1999, the aircraft is in generally good condition, with a complete cockpit but no engine and a milky canopy. She was initially repainted overall black as XF506, the mount of Squadron Leader Peter Latham of the 'Black Arrows' (111 Squadron). After that she was repainted again in 43 Sqn colours, but this scheme faded very badly in a short time and she has now been painted black again to return her to a Black Arrows scheme - markings yet to be applied when I visited.

Information on this page current as of 31/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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