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Hawker Hunter E-419


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).


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

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