Hawker Hunter F.Mk 6 (F.51) – XF383, 12 Sqn RAF, City of Norwich Aviation Museum 2004
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA32709: Hawker Hunter F.Mk 6 (F.51) XF383 of 12 Sqn RAF. City of Norwich Aviation Museum 2004
Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches
Built as an F.51 for the Royal Danish Air Force, E-409 first flew in March 1956 and was delivered to Vaerlose in Denmark to serve with Esk 724 in August of that year. In December 1975, E-409 was bought back by Hawker Siddeley at Dunsfold and in 1982 was disposed of to the South Wales Preservation Society. August 1995 saw this aircraft moving to Norwich for display. She arrived looking rather sorry for herself, but work soon began on stripping her prior to being repainted in RAF colours as ‘XF383’, and 4 years later she was very nearly finished. A return visit in 2007 found her undergoing some more work, and with the serial changed to ‘XE683’
The Hawker Hunter is a subsonic British jet aircraft developed in the 1950s. The single-seat Hunter entered service as a manoeuvrable fighter aircraft, and later operated in fighter-bomber and reconnaissance roles in numerous conflicts. Two-seat variants remained in use for training and secondary roles with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy until the early 1990s. The Hunter was also widely exported, serving with 21 other air forces; 50 years after its original introduction it is still used in active military training roles as an aggressor.
On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record, achieving 727.63 mph (1,171.01 km/h). Overall, 1,972 Hunters were produced by Hawker Siddeley and under licence. In British service, the aircraft was replaced by the English Electric Lightning, the Hawker Siddeley Harrier and the McDonnell Douglas Phantom.