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T.7 XL612 - Privately owned, Swansea Airport, West Glamorgan, Wales

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Hunter T.7 XL612 at Swansea, 22nd January 2012; Jason Holloway

First flown on 12th December 1958, XL612 was delivered to 5 MU in January 1959 and served with 402 WTS and 43(F) Squadron before joining the Empire Test Pilot's School in the mid 1970s. They operated XL612 for some time, mostly for inverted spinning demonstrations - the Hunter being one of the few swept-wing jet types able to demonstrate an inverted spin (or more importantly, how to recover from one) with some degree of safety. She made her final in-service flight on 10th August 2001 and was put up for disposal after some time in storage. Now privately owned, hopefully she will return to the air at some point. On 8th January 2012 she was delivered to Swansea airport from her previous location at Exeter.

Information on this page current as of 22/01/2012, last updated by Damien

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