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Hawker Hunter - Survivor XE664

F.4 XE664 - Jet Age Museum, Meteor Business Park, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Hunter F.4 XE664 at Jet Age Museum, 15th August 2021; Jake Wallace

XE664 was built as an F.4 and served with 26 Squadron from 1955 before returning to Hawkers in 1958 to be converted to a T.8. The single-seater nose section was removed and it is this which is pictured above. The complete XE664 went on to be converted to a T.75 and sold to Singapore.

XE664's original nose, spent many years with an ATC Squadron at a school in Marlborough as a training aid, until they disbanded and the nose gathered dust until the shed it was in was needed for other purposes.

Saved from being scrapped by one of the teachers at the school, it then spent some more time stored at the school before moving to a nearby farm and then in February 1999 moved to the Jet Age Museum, where it was being restored for future use as a sit-in exhibit. Unfortunately the museum was forced to shut its doors by the airport authorities who want to demolish the hangar that the museum use and the cockpit was placed into stored for the time being.

Thankfully, the museum managed to acquire a new site and erected a new hangar in 2013 where the cockpit can now be seen on display today which is pretty much complete and is accessible to sit in, although could do with a lick of paint.

Information on this page current as of 15/08/2021, last updated by Jake

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