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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XL601 (ex G-BZSR)

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T.7 XL601 - Stick and Rudder Aviation (stored), Vissenaken, Belgium

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Hunter T.7 XL601 at Weelde, December 2002; Classic Fighters

XL601 was delivered to the RAF in November 1958 and served with 1(F) and 19(F) Squadrons, 233 OCU, 4 FTS and 237 OCU. In 1985 she moved over to join the Navy and FRADU's fleet at Yeovilton, being finally retired to Culdrose as a ground instructional airframe in 1993. In 1996 she was put into storage and sold in 1997 to a Belgian owner. Moved to Exeter initially, she went to Belgium in 1999 and a restoration to airworthy condition was begun. She was going to be given a new paint job (4 FTS training colours) before hopefully appearing on the airshow circuit. However, the then-owners Classic Fighters appear to have been wound up and the restoration certainly didn't proceed. She is now to be found in the storage facility of the Brussels Air Museum, and her civilian registration cancelled as 'permanently withdrawn from use'. A great shame!

Information on this page current as of 28/09/2008, last updated by Damien

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