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’
Designed to exceed the performance of the straight-wing carrier-based Hawker Sea Hawk, the Hawker Hunter first flew on July 21, 1951. Early versions of this swept-wing aircraft suffered from a host of problems such as a short range (Maximum flight endurance was only about one hour) and an unreliable engine, but a series of refinements resulted in an aircraft that went on to become history’s longest-serving British jet fighter, with almost 50 years on the front lines. The Hunter’s high power-to-weight ratio and improvements in armament and fuel capacity made it an appealing export, and during its service history it was operated by 19 different nations.