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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XG160 (G-BWAF)

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F.6A XG160 - Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth Airport, Hurn, Dorset

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Hunter F.6A XG160 at Bournemouth Aviation Museum, 27th September 2013; Richard E Flagg

XG160 was delivered to the RAF in 1956 and served with 43 and 111 Squadrons (and was one of the aircraft in the famous 22 Hunter formation loop), then 229 OCU, 1 TWU, and was finally retired in 1983 to ground instructional duties.

In December 1994, it was presented to the Royal Jordanian Air Force to form part of their Historic Flight, and the following month was transferred by road to Bournemouth for overhaul. She was then placed on the civil register as G-BWAF. Around 1995, the airframe was stored whilst overhaul work was undertaken on other aircraft for the Historic Flight. In December 1997 the Jordanians agreed that XG160 could remain in this country and so remained in storage awaiting an overhaul. Once it was clear that XG160 would not return to the skies, she was passed over to the Bournemouth Aviation Museum in 2000. for display. The airframe later received a repaint into the Black Arrow colours which looked great.
In 2019, the airframe received some TLC and another repaint, keeping the Black Arrow scheme which was completed in September 2021.

Information on this page current as of 14/01/2022, last updated by Jake

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