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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XE688 (ex PP-XHH, XE704, J-736)

T.72 XE688 - Hawker Hunter Aviation Ltd. (flyer), RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire

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Hunter T.72 XE688 at RAF Fairford, 16th July 2022; Jake Wallace

Originally built as an F.4 for the RAF (as XE704), she served with 112 Squadron, until she became a maintenance airframe, but was then later sold back to Hawkers for conversion to a T.72 for the Chilean Air Force.

The airframe retired to the National Aerospace Museum in Chile, she was then sold to Embraer of Brazil to be used as a flight test chase plane. For this, she was given the civilian ID of PP-XHH, and was chosen for its good Mach 0.95 level flight performance. During July and August 2001 she averaged 35 flight hours a month and had proved to be a reliable workhorse for Embraer, and with Hunters being a serious rarity in Brazil she was very popular at airshows. While with Embraer, Hawker Hunter Aviation (HHA) provided the aircraft with much support throughout its life as PP-XHH.

In 2018, PP-XHH came up for sale, and so HHA purchased the airframe and shipped it to their Scampton facility in August of that year. After a period of extensive overhaul, she was back in the air again in early 2020, wearing the serial XE688.

Information on this page current as of 22/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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