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Hawker Hunter E-419




Description

First introduced in the early 1950's and still serving with various airforces around the world right into the 1990's, the Hunter has been described as Britain's most successful post-war military aircraft. It was also the last in a line of classic fighters build by the Hawker aircraft factory. This example is a Mk 51 (similar to the British Mk 4) built for the Danish Air Firce in the 1950's and given to the museum on it's retirement in the 1970's. Powered by a Rolls Royce Avon Turbojet up to Mach 0.94 it was armed with 4 x 30mm Aden cannons in the nose beneath the cockpit and could carry up to 2,000lbs of under-wing stores including 1,000lb and 500lb bombs, 24 x 3 inch rockets or extra fuel in drop tanks (useful since the internal fuel capacity of the Hunter was very low).

Location

North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland, England. October 2004.

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