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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XL577 (ex G-XMHD, ex G-BXKF)

T.7 XL577 - Privately Owned (flyer), Jordan

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Hunter T.7 XL577 at Kemble, 17th July 2014; Richard E Flagg

First flying in April 1958, XL577 was delivered to the RAF 3 months later.

She retired to Cranwell in March 1981, given the serial 8676M, and used as an instructional aircraft until 1995. XL577 was sold and transported to the Flight Simulation Centre in Lincolnshire, but was soon moved again to Delta Jets based at Kemble (now Cotswold Airport). Delta Jets registered the aircraft as G-BXKF and was restored to flight, taking to the air again in 2004. She was later repainted into the Blue Diamond colours, representing XL571, but retaining her own serial number. Delta Jets sadly closed its doors in 2011, resulting in the airframe being stored outside, and it looked as if she would never return to the skies again. However, she was sold to Midair Squadron who got her back flying again in 2014 as G-XMHD, alongside Hunter XL573 and Canberra XH134. XL577 was then repainted into the Midair colour - overall silver. Midair ceased all flying around 2015, and due to the CAA grounding all civil Hunters, they sold XL577 to a private owner. She was then removed from the UK register, but after making a few test flights, she was back in the air again and repainted into Jordan markings. XL577 flew off to Jordan from Kemble on the 2nd May 2016.

Information on this page current as of 15/01/2022, last updated by Jake

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