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Survivor XL613 (G-BVMB)

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T.7 XL613 - Mike Beachy Head (for sale),Thunder City, Cape Town, South Africa

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Hunter T.7 XL613 at Thunder City, 31st October 2012; Francis Wallace

They seem to have mastered the art of stuffing endless loads of Hunters into a hangar at Exeter alright. Yet another one of CJAC's collection! XL613 first flew on 19 December 1958 and delivered to 5MU at RAF Kemble in January 1959. First active use was with the Khormaksar Station Flight at Aden followed by spells with 43 Squadron at Leuchars, 8 Squadron at Khormaksar and 208 Squadron at Bahrain and other locations, followed by more service with 8 Squadron and 1417 Flight and then back to 208, followed by a return to 8 Squadron! Joining 45 Squadron in 1972 and on leaving frontline service joined No.4 FTS at Valley before being transferred to 237 OCU at Honington, later Laarbruch and Lossiemouth, finally being retired to ground instructional use at Shawbury. Quite a busy career! She was sold at the end of 1993 and then sold once more to CJAC and has been rebuilt and re-engined and now sold to Mike Beachy Head in South Africa. All Thunder City airframes are now apparently up for sale.

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