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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XF358

T.8C XF358 - Northern Lights Combat Air Support (nose), Quebec, Canada

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Hunter T.8C XF358 at Boscombe Down, summer 1998; Glen Moreman

Built as an F.4 in 1956, XF358 served with 112 Squadron at RAF Bruggen for just two years before being returned to Hawkers and converted to a T.8 for the Fleet Air Arm. She then served with 700Z NAS, RNAHU, 759 NAS, ADTU and later FRADU, becoming one of the last of the Unit's Hunters to fly. Paperwork problems meant she could not be tendered for sale along with most of the other ex-FRADU Hunters and she ended up at Boscombe Down as a ground instructional airframe. In 2004 she finally came up for disposal, and was bought by Gary Montgomery to use as a spares ship for his other Hunter XX467. The cockpit section has since been acquired by Northern Lights in Canada who want to use it to convert one of their F.58s into a two-seater, and the tail ended up being used to complete Hunter F.6A XJ639 - sadly now submerged at a diving centre!

Information on this page current as of 13/10/2008, last updated by Damien

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