Hawker Hunter Mk58A Jet Fighter Plane
The Hawker Hunter jet fighter was designed by Hawker's chief designer Sidney Camm, of Hurricane fame, in 1948. The first production aircraft, the Hawker Hunter F1, first flying in March 1953. Nearly 2000 Hawker Hunter jet fighters were made, they remained in service as an interceptor with the RAF until it's role was taken over by the English Electric Lightning in 1963. The ground attack versions of the Hawker Hunter remained in service until 1970. Some Hawker Hunters remained in use with the RAF for training and RNAS FRADU roles until the early 1990's.
Hawker Hunter F.6 Armament:
- Four 30 mm ADEN cannon, 135 rounds each, fitted in the nose.
Up to 7,400 lb (3,400 kg) of weapons on four hard-points including:
- AIM-9 Sidewinder
- AGM-65 Maverick
- SNEB 70 mm rockets in 18-round pods
Hawker Hunter F.6 Specifications:
- General characteristics
- Crew: One Pilot
- Ejector seat: Martin-Baker 2H
- Length: 45 ft 11 in (14.00 m)
- Wingspan: 33 ft 8 in (10.26 m)
- Height: 13 ft 2 in (4.01 m)
- Empty weight: 14,122 lb (6,405 kg)
- Maximum Take-Off Weight: 24,600 lb (11,158 kg)
- Engine: Single 10,145 lbf (45.13 kN) Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet
- Maximum speed: Mach 0.94, 620 knots (715 mph, 1,150 km/h) at sea level
- Ferry range: 1,650 nm (1,900 mi, 3,060 km) with external fuel
- Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
- Rate of climb: 17,200 ft/min (87.4 m/s)
Hawker Hunter Jet Fighter
The Hawker Hunter pictured here and above was made as a ground-attack fighter for the Swiss Air Force and was designated the Hawker Hunter Mk58A, after retirement from active service the aircraft returned to England was was registered on the civilian register as G-PSST and named 'Miss Demeanour', she is a very popular attraction at many UK Air Shows.
WORLD AIR SPEED RECORD FLIGHT!
It is of note that a specially prepared Hawker Hunter jet fighter flown by Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO DFC flying out of RAF Tangmere set an absolute World Speed Record for an aircraft of 727.63 mph (1,171) on the 7th September 1953.
The record breaking aircraft was the only Hawker Hunter F Mk3 built, it had extra speed brakes and fuel tanks in the wings, it was powered by a re-heated (afterburning) Rolls Royce Avon engine, a streamlined nose and flush rivets were also incorporated.
Close Circuit Record
Squadron Leader Neville Duke went on to set a new Close Circuit Record at RAF Dunsfold Airfield before the aircraft was retired to become a training instructional airframe a month later. The cockpit of WB188, the unique "all red" record breaking Hawker Hunter F Mk3, is pictured here.
Hawker Hunter F4 Cockpit!
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