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Hawker Hunter - Survivor 'XL571' (really XL572, ex G-HNTR)

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T.7 XL571 - Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire

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Hunter T.7 XL571 at Elvington, 3rd July 2008; Darren Wilson

Looking very nice at the Yorkshire Air Museum is XL572, a Hunter with an unfortunate past. When in use with 229 OCU in 1959 the aircraft entered an inverted spin. With recovery from this being a tricky proposition, the student pilot ejected but was sadly killed. However the instructor pilot managed to regain control and landed safely. When preserved at Elvington the aircraft was looking rather faded until it was transported to RAF Linton-on-Ouse in 1999 to be repainted, and emerged in Blue Diamonds colours, masquerading as XL571.

Information on this page current as of 01/10/2008, last updated by Damien

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