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Survivor XE689 (ex G-BWGK)

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GA.11 XE689 - Privately owned, location unknown

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Hunter GA.11 XE689 at Kemble, 17th September 2008; Damien Burke

GA.11 XE689 was built as an F4 and delivered to the RAF on 22nd July 1955, serving with 67(F) and 234(F) Squadrons before being bought back by Hawkers in 1961 and converted to GA.11 status. She was delivered to 734 NAS at RNAS Lossiemouth in July 1963, and later fitted with a PR.11 nose. She moved to FRADU at RNAS Yeovilton in 1973 and served there until 1994, being retired to storage at RAF Shawbury.

Sold at auction in 1995 to the Classic Jet Aircraft Company at Exeter, it spent some time at North Weald with another owner but soon returned to Exeter and was flown on the airshow circuit in 2000. However as with many of the Exeter airframes her flying career was brief and in 2006 she was moved - by road - to Kemble and became part of the spare Hunter line-up there.

With Delta's collapse she changed hands, moved to Coventry, changed hands again and sadly the new owner had her broken up, retaining only the nose section which was initially located in Stroud and then put up for sale on eBay. Updates welcome on current owner and location!

Information on this page current as of 27/01/2021, last updated by Damien

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