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Hawker Hunter - Survivor WT569

F.1 WT569 - 2117 Squadron ATC, Kenfig Hill, Mid Glamorgan, Wales

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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 is 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. Thankfully, around 2012, she did receive a coat of paint, her underside was sprayed grey, with the top in camouflage colours. The paintwork did look a bit rough then, but thanks to the elements and lack of care, the airframe is really starting to corrode in places which the above photo taken in 2021 shows. Hopefully, she will receive some TLC in the near future.

Information on this page current as of 13/01/2022, last updated by Jake

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