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Hawker Hunter - Survivor 'N-322' (G-EHLW, ex J-4205, HB-RVP)

T.68 N-322 - Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation (stored), St. Athan, Wales

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Hunter T.68 N-322 at Altenrhein, 18th January 2021; Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation

J-4205 served with 24 Squadron in both training and ECM roles. After retirement and being returned to the air on the airshow circuit, she was often be seen in company with 'J-4015' (J-4040) carrying out a neat double act with the single seater - the pilots really knew how to show them off. She was also available for passenger flights.

In 2021, the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation acquired her and had her repainted as 'N-322', so that they could once again operate a twin seat Hunter. Their previous one, 'N-321', had been grounded by insurmountable technical difficulties. Due to the pandemic, delivery of N-322 to Leeuwarden did not happen until summer 2021 and after some initial work to get her a Permit To Test and Ferry, in July 2022 she was flown to Horizon Aircraft Services at the former RAF St. Athan in the UK for more work prior to the expected issue of a full Permit to Fly.

Unfortunately, in May 2024 DHHF have declared that after nearly 3 years of effort, they have given up on returning the aircraft to the air, blaming the UK Civil Aviation Authority's handling of their application and continual delays. This appears to bring to an end the civilian operation of Hawker Hunters in Europe, with the only remaining flying examples being those on the UK military register.

Information on this page current as of 28/05/2024, last updated by Damien

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