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Hawker Hunter - Survivor E-425

F.51 E-425 - Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria

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Hunter F.51 E-425 at Solway Aviation Museum, 29th August 2021; Damien Burke

E-425 is an ex-Danish example and has probably had more repaints in her post-retirement life than when she was in active service! When at the Midland Air Museum she had been partially repainted in her original colours, however the Museum had a change of heart and in late summer 2000 she was repainted in RAF colours, in fact 111 Squadron 'Black Arrows' markings, representing XG190. Sadly in modern Britain an aircraft in RAF colours, it turns out, draws more visitors than one in her correct Royal Danish Air Force markings!

In 2007 she had another change of scheme, into Raspberry Ripple colours but no particular identifying marks. Swapped with Martin Garrett during 2008 in part exchange for a Viscount, Martin then sold E-425 on to the museum at Carlisle and she left Baginton in late 2008. Displayed for a while in her ripple colours, the museum carried out a complete repaint to put her back in her original camouflage scheme and she is now resplendent in the fetching dark green she wore in Danish service.

Information on this page current as of 31/08/2021, last updated by Damien

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