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Survivor J-718 (ex IF-19, G-APUX)

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J-718 - Embraer (flyer), Giavao de Peixoto, Sau Paulo, Brazil

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Hunter T.72 J-718 at Santiago, Chile, December 1996; Alvaro Andre Romero Perez

A well-travelled Hunter, this one. Serving first with the Belgian Air Force as an F.6, it crashed and the remains went back to Hawkers. Mated with a two-seat nose section that had originally been built only for display at the Paris Air Show and various other spare parts, the result was a T.66. Registered then as G-APUX, it flew around the world as a demonstrator and was loaned to several air forces before being finally sold to the Chilean Air Force as a T.72 in 1967. She was then earmarked for preservation and put on display inside Chile's new aviation museum, with a selection of armament to prove that having two seats doesn't make this just a trainer! Recent news from Hawker Hunter Aviation is that she was returned to the air as a chase aircraft with HHA carrying out some maintenance work on her. Good to see G-APUX still earning her keep in 2009!

Information on this page current as of 23/10/2009

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