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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XF311

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F.4 XF311 - Queensland Air Museum, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia

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Hunter F.4 XF311 at Queensland Air Museum, 13th March 2020; Grahame Bann

XF311 here has quite a story behind her. Originally serving with the Singaporean Air Defence Force, on retirement it become a static exhibit and was transported to the island of Sentosa. However as the years went by the Hunter (along with a C-47, Sea Vixen and Meteor) became a drain on the resources of the SADF and they quietly sold it to a scrap dealer. Local aviation enthusiasts were outraged and mounted a publicity campaign, contacting the Queensland Air Museum to see if they could help. QAM stepped in and mounted a herculean effort to buy the aircraft and move them from their island home. A mere six volunteers moved all but the C-47 from a hill top to the docks, a task that, in the reverse direction, had taken 60 men with a budget of $50,000! Shipped to Australia and taken by road to the Museum, the Hunter has been brought back to excellent display condition thanks to the efforts of a few of the volunteers.

Information on this page current as of 06/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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