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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XL613 (ZU-LEE, ex G-BVMB)

T.7 XL613 - Privately owned, Unknown location

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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 was rebuilt and re-engined. The airframe was sold to Mike Beachy Head in the early 2000s for his growing Thunder City collection. The aircraft was registered as ZU-LEE and went back flying for some years! However, after the fatal crash of their Lightning XS421 in 2009 which sadly cost Dave Stock his life, the fleet was grounded with the SA CAA holding an investigation into Thunder City. When the collection finally closed in 2016, the airframe was sold to a private owner, the location as to where this ZU-LEE has been transported to is unknown at this current moment in time.

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

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