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Hunter T7 moves to Newark Air Museum

Photo: Hunter XX467. [Courtesy of Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions]


The aircraft inventory at Newark Air Museum was expanded by one on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017 when Hawker Hunter T7, XX467 joined the collection, which is located close to the Nottinghamshire county border with Lincolnshire.

Funding for the Hunter T7 acquisition has been provided thanks to the generosity of a museum member/trustee. The move from Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire was completed by Dave Thomas and associates. XX467 has been placed on long-term loan at the museum.

The Hunter T7 fills a gap in the museum’s themed display of RAF training airframes and will help tell the story of RAF fast jet training. It also fulfils one aim of the museum’s stated Collecting Policy of acquiring Aircraft used in a Training role.

The Hunter wings its way to Newark. [Courtesy of Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions]

With 1,972 built, the Hawker Hunter was one of the most important aircraft of the Cold War. Entering service with the RAF in July 1954, replacing the Meteor, Venom, and Sabre, the type served with distinction as a fighter-interceptor, ground attack aircraft, and in the photo-reconnaissance role. The Hunter continued to be operated by the RAF until the early 1990s as a trainer or in secondary duties, and was operated by the air forces of 21 other nations, such as India, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Some nations, such as Switzerland, retained the type for a lengthy period. As of 2014, the Lebanese Air Force still used the long-serving aircraft. Based in the UK, the HHA continue to use the Hunter in threat simulation training exercises to this day.

Also a popular choice for display teams, the Hunter was the aircraft chosen by the RAF’s ‘Black Arrows’ and ‘Blue Diamonds’, and by the Swiss team, Patrouille Suisse.

This particular airframe has a diverse service history both in the UK and overseas and it is not yet known, which colour scheme the aircraft will be repainted in. The aircraft was off-loaded on the museum’s Southfield Site and reassembled. It will be restored, repainted and displayed in the same location.

Hunter T7 XX467’s wings. [Courtesy of Howard Heeley, Down To Earth Promotions]

The airframe entered RAF service as XL605 serving with 92 Squadron and was part of the Blue Diamonds Display Team; before then serving with 66 Squadron and 229 OCU. A brief spell then followed as G-9-214, before serving with the Saudi Air Force as 70-617 and Jordanian Air Force as 836. On returning to the UK the airframe was renumbered XX467 and served with 229 OCU and 1 TWU, but was struck off charge in October 1983. During its time on the civil register it operated as G-TVII out of Kemble and Exeter. Currently it is marked as XX467.

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