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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XL591

T.7 XL591 - Gatwick Aviation Museum, Charlwood, Surrey

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Hunter T.7 XL591 at Gatwick Aviation Museum, 6th August 2023; Damien Burke

XL591 first flew on 6th August 1958 and was delivered to the RAF the next month. She served with DFLS, DFCS, AFDS, 4 FTS and 208 Squadron.

After retirement she was bought by Dick Everett before being sold to Aeromech at Kemble, and then onward to the Gatwick Aviation Museum. The aircraft was not in great condition in the early days of being at the museum but in 2007 she was repainted into a red and white trainer scheme from her 4 FTS days. Once the new hangar was erected, XL591 was carefully positioned undercover and had a further repaint in 2017. She looks to be in great condition and over the years has had various missing components replaced. Work continues in the cockpit area.

Information on this page current as of 07/08/2023, last updated by Damien

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