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GA.11 WT711 - Lakes Lightnings, Spark Bridge, Cumbria

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Hunter GA.11 WT711 at Spark Bridge, 2nd April 2011; Neil Airey/Lakes Lightnings

WT711 was built as an F.4 and first flew on 10th February 1955. Delivered to 33 MU a month later, she served with 54(F) and 14(F) Squadrons before being returned to Hawkers and converted to a GA.11 in late 1962. Delivered to RNAS Lossiemouth, she then served with 738 NAS there and at RNAS Brawdy until 1970, when she was put in storage. A year later she joined the FRU at Hurn, moving on to Yeovilton and FRADU in 1972. WT711 was the only FRADU GA.11 Hunter not fitted with a Harley light in her nose. She was retired in 1985 to storage at RAF Shawbury initially then given maintenance serial A2731 and moved to RNAS Culdrose and the School of Aircraft Handling. In 1995 she was sold to Air Atlantique at Coventry and was put on display within their facility there until 2007, when she was sold. She stayed at Coventry for a while but as of May 2009 has now moved to the owner's home in Cumbria - viewing available by appointment.

Information on this page current as of 06/02/2012, last updated by Damien

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