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Hawker Hunter - Survivor WT684

F.1 WT684 - Tony Collins, Lavendon, Buckinghamshire

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Hunter F.1 WT684 at Lavendon, 22nd June 2014; Richard E Flagg

First flown on 14th October 1954, WT684 served with the DFLS but only flew until 1957 before being retired to ground instructional duties.

She ended up on the fire dump at RAF Brize Norton at some point and by 1991 was in a poor state, lacking wings and tail surfaces with fire damage to the rear fuselage. By 1993 the rear fuselage was missing entirely. When Tony bought the nose section it was a real basket case, and he lovingly restored it to an incredible standard, rightly winning the 'Cockpiters Cockpit' award at the Newark Air Museum Cockpitfest 2002. The cockpit today is kept undercover alongside other nose sections, and is still in superb condition.

Information on this page current as of 16/01/2022, last updated by Jake

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