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Hawker Hunter - Survivor 'XE683' (ex 'XF383', really E-409)

F.51 XE683 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

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Hunter F.51 XE683 at City of Norwich Aviation Museum, 31st August 2013; Richard E Flagg

Built as an F.51 for the Royal Danish Air Force, E-409 first flew in March 1956 and was delivered to Vaerlose in Denmark to serve with Esk 724 in August of that year. In December 1975, E-409 was bought back by Hawker Siddeley at Dunsfold and in 1982 was disposed of to the South Wales Preservation Society. August 1995 saw this aircraft moving to Norwich for display. She arrived looking rather sorry for herself, but work soon began on stripping her prior to being repainted in RAF colours as 'XF383', and 4 years later she was very nearly finished. A return visit in 2007 found her undergoing some more work, and with the serial changed to 'XE683'!

Around 2012/13, it underwent another repaint with markings applied later. As seen in the photo above, the airframe seem to be in overall good condition apart from the canopy which has now turned completely white from the years of being exposed to the sun.

Today, E-409 can be seen rather faded and wearing to serial number plus wearing a canopy cover the majority of the time. Although it is now a little late to be wearing a cover since the canopy had clouded up a few years back.

Information on this page current as of 03/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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