ABOUT 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 in active service, operating with the
Lebanese Air Force.
On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke
the world air speed record, achieving 727.63 mph
(1,171.01 km/h). Hunters were also used by two RAF
display teams; the "Black Arrows", who on one occasion
looped a record-breaking 22 examples in formation, and
later the "Blue Diamonds", who flew 16 aircraft. Overall,
1,972 Hunters were produced by Hawker Siddeley and under
licence. In British service, the aircraft was replaced by the
Hawker Siddeley Harrier and the McDonnell Douglas Phantom.
The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum owns and displays an export
version of the Hunter fighter flown for Denmark, the Hawker Hunter
FMk51 - of which only 30 were built.
The Hunter was a conventional all-metal monoplane with a retractable
tricycle landing gear. The pilot sat on a Martin-Baker 2H or 3H
ejector seat, while the two-seat trainer version used Mk 4H ejection
seats. The fuselage was of monocoque construction, with a
removable rear section for engine maintenance. The engine was fed
through triangular air intakes in the wing roots and had a single jet
pipe in the rear of the fuselage. The mid-mounted wings had a leading
edge sweep of 35° and slight anhedral, the tail-planes and fin were
also swept. The aircraft's controls were conventional but powered.
A single air-brake was fitted under the ventral rear fuselage on
The Hunters' removable pack for 4× 30 mm ADEN cannon
The definitive version of the Hunter was the FGA.9, on which the
majority of export versions were based. Although the Supe-marine
Swift was initially viewed more favourably politically, the Hunter
proved to be far more successful, having a long life due to its low
maintenance and operating costs. The Hunter served with the RAF
for over 30 years, and as late as 1996 hundreds were still in active
service in various parts of the world.
Brief HISTORY of the MUSEUM's
Hawker Hunter F Mk.51 G-Hint E-418
Serial #: - 41H/680277c/n 41H/680277
Construction #: 41H/680277
Civil Registration: G-HUNT N50972 N611JR
Model: F Mk. 51
Last info: 2009
Delivered to Royal Danish AF as E-418.- BOC: June 22, 1956.
The first Hunter on the British register, it was one of the first to
start the jet warbird movement in the UK.
Of Interest: Please read excerpts from Eric Hayward's personal
scrapbook, the Engineer who oversaw the work of putting the
Museum's E-418 Hunter back into the air and into civilian hands.
It also includes photos of the Hunter as it was shipped to the US.
Hawker Siddeley Aircraft Ltd, Dunsfold, Dec. 1975-1976.
Surrey & Sussex Aviation Society, 1978.
Spenser Flack, Elstree, July 5, 1978-1981.
- Registered as G-HUNT 418
- Rebuilt to airworthy.
- First flight, March 20, 1980.
Mike Carlton/Brencham Historic Aircraft Ltd/Hunter One
Collection, Hurn, Sept. 1981-1987.
Jim Robinson, Houston, TX, Dec. 1987.
- Registered as N50972.
Jim Robinson/Combat Jets Flying Museum, Houston, TX,
- Registered as N611JR.
- Flew as Neville Duke's "WB188".
Air Venture Museum, Oshkosh, WI, 1992-2006.
The Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum, Hillsboro, OR - 2009
|Hawker Hunter FMk51 E-418
Role Fighter and ground attack
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Hawker Siddeley
First flight 20 July 1951
Status Active service with Lebanese Air Force
Primary users Royal Air Force (historical)
Indian Air Force (historical)
Swedish Air Force (historical)
Swiss Air Force (historical)
Number built 1,972