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Hawker Hunter FGA9 – XE601, A&AEE Boscombe Down 1992

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA32703: Hunter FGA9 XE601 as used by the A&AEE at Boscombe Down during 1992. Resplendant in the attractive “Raspberry Ripple” red white and blue paint scheme. Limited edition, now quite difficult to find.

Length 7.75 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches

PLEASE NOTE: This is an imperfect ex display model. Comes with raised and lowered undercarriage plus display stand in original outer box with blue plastic inner but no clear plastic lid. Paintwork has the odd imperfection which has been touched in but not in A1 condition. Photos of actual model.

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.

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