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Hawker Hunter - Survivor WT569

F.1 WT569 - Spey Bay Salvage, near Nether Dallachy, Moray, Scotland

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Hunter F.1 WT569 at Kenfig Hill, 12th June 2021; Alan Wilson

WT569 was part of one of the first production batches of Hunter F.1s, and spent some time doing development work as a result, notably aileron trials and tropical trials in Sudan. She did not have a long flying career and spent most of her service life as a ground instructional airframe, ending up as the gate guard at 2117 Squadron, Air Training Corps.

Sadly, it would appear she was not being well looked after there. An overall coat of grey was applied in the early 2000s, which was hoped to be the beginning of a repaint but turned out to be the last bit of TLC she received for a while. Due to a lack of care, she turned extremely mucky, covered in moss and algae. Around 2012, she did receive a coat of paint, her underside was sprayed grey, with the top in camouflage colours. But thanks to the British weather, it didn't take long for the paint to start flaking, and by 2021 WT569 was looking rather sorry for herself.

In November 2022, WT569 departed Wales and headed for Scotland. The airframe supposedly was bound for Moravia and restoration but in fact has turned up a scrapyard at the former RAF Dallachy. She's dismantled, now missing her canopy and the cockpit is open to the elements. Not a great start to a restoration!

Information on this page current as of 11/03/2024, last updated by Damien

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