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Hawker Hunter - Survivor WB188 (N611JR, really E-418, ex G-HUNT)

F.51 WB188 - Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, Portland Hillsboro Airport, Oregon, USA

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Hunter F.51 WB188 at Oshkosh, 2003; Courtesy Aircraft Sales

Delivered to the Royal Danish Air Force 1956, and retiring to Dunsfold in the 1970s.

She was stored a Dunsfold for a while, looking a bit tatty in places. The airframe was sold to Spencer Robert Flack who restored the aircraft to flight with the serial G-HUNT, taking to the skies again in 1980 wearing an overall red paint scheme with a blue and white stripe running down either side of the fuselage. The aircraft flew in UK skies for some time before being exported to the USA in 1987, the registration G-HUNT was cancelled. In 1988, E-418 was granted a certificate of airworthiness under the serial N611JR. She was resprayed in overall red, representing the Hunter prototype WB188. In the early 1990s, she moved on to EAA Aviation Foundation Inc. in Oshkosh before moving to EAA Airventure Museum at Whittman Regional Airport, also in Oshkosh. In 2003 she was put up for sale, and by 2008 she had been transported to Premier Jets Inc. based in Hillsboro, Oregon, and was later moved to the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum at Portland Hillsboro Airport in Oregon, USA, and this is where she still remains to this day.

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

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