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Survivor WT619

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F.1 WT619 - Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Montrose, Scotland

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Hunter F.1 WT619 at Montrose, 31st October 2019; Neil Werninck/Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

WT619 first flew on 28th July 1954 and was delivered to 43 Squadron at RAF Leuchars in September of that year. In common with many of the early Hunters she had a very short career, being retired to ground instructional duties as 7525M in November 1957. After being acquired by the RAF Museum, she was placed on long term loan to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, and was placed on display there.

The aircraft was kept in excellent condition but in 2013 the museum was threatened with closure; thankfully this didn't happen but around the same time it appeared that the aircraft collection there was falling out of favour with various galleries closed and rumours of aircraft being disposed of.

WT619 was taken back by the RAF Museum and after spells in storage at Stafford and Cosford has in October 2019 was put back out on loan, this time to the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre. As you can see, some areas of the aircraft's skin have been removed to reveal the construction underneath, which gives visitors an idea of the methods used in building a 1950s jet fighter.

Information on this page current as of 20/01/2021, last updated by Damien

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