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Hawker Hunter

One of the post-war British success stories was the Hawker Hunter, which saw long service with both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, as well as enjoying a healthy export order book. Some of the aircraft, however, where not newly built, but refurbished after either being purchased by the Hawker company, or coming from RAF stocks.
        
 
Abu Dhabi

All four aircraft were camouflaged in Dark Earth/Light Earth, Azure Blue undersides and a thin red cheat line.

SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
701 76 09.03.70   Fighter-bomber role.
706 F.74     Seen at Luqa on 09.01.71. Previously XF367 with RAF.
707 F.74     Seen at Luqa on 09.01.71. Previously XF936 with RAF.
708 76A 09.03.70   Recce role.
711 T.77 12.05.70 13.05.70 Two-seater.
712 T.77 12.05.70 13.05.70 Two-seater.
        
 
India

Information on T.56’s, seen during 1969, kindly supplied by Ian Hawkridge.

Two different Air India B.707s were seen. Where they somehow connected with the deliveries listed below? These were VT-DVB on 09.01 and VT-DXT on 23.01. These two B.707S were later transferred to the Indian Air Force (date unknown) and became K2900 (VT-DVB) and K2899 (VT-DXT).

Hunter Deliveries to the Indian Air Force
by Dennis Robinson.

Thanks to Air Britain (Historians) Ltd putting on CD in .pdf format their magazines, I have, in the course of accessing those CDs, come across the above article about Indian AF Hunter deliveries.

Between June 1966 and September 1967, the Indian Air Force took delivery of 48 refurbished Hunters comprising 12 T.66Ds and 36 F.56As. Finished in RAF camouflage of grey/green/silver with IAF roundels and fin flashes, the Hunters were modified and refurbished Belgian and Dutch aircraft bought by HS and sold to the IAF.

The aircraft were delivered in batches of four at approximately monthly intervals and were escorted by a Canberra B.58 of the IAF. This aircraft usually flew to England ten days to a fortnight beforehand and acted as navigation leader during the delivery flight. It is believed that most of the Hunters were placed in storage on arrival in India.

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SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
A-459 F.56A 14.06.66 15.06.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-96; G-9-122.
A-460 F.56A 14.06.66 15.06.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-4, G-9-124
A-461 F.56A 14.06.66 15.06.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-77; G-9-118.
A-462 F.56A 14.06.66 15.06.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-16; G-9-123.
IF-900 Canberra B.58 14.06.66 15.06.66 Indian AF 5 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A463 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-13; G-2-128.
A464 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-104; G-9-130.
A465 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-50; G-9-134.
A466 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-120; G-9-136.
IF-919 Canberra B.58 17.08.66 18.08.66 Indian AF 35 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-467 F.56A 12.10.66 13.10.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-85; G-9-139.
A-468 F.56A 12.10.66 13.10.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-116; G-9-140.
A-469 F.56A 12.10.66 13.10.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-82; G-9-146.
A-470 F.56A 12.10.66 13.10.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-123; G-9-144.
IF-923 Canberra B.58 12.10.66 13.10.66 Indian AF 16 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-471 F.56A 02.11.66 03.11.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-110; G-9-147. Appeared at the 1966 Farnborough Air Show as ‘708’, Jordanian Air Force.
A-472 F.56A 02.11.66 03.11.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-18; G-9-148.
A-473 F.56A 02.11.66 03.11.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-118; G-9-152.
A-474 F.56A 02.11.66 03.11.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-7; G-9-154. Both this aircraft and A-476 below are listed as being ex Belgian AF IF-7. Can anyone explain this?
IF-923 Canberra B.58 12.10.66 13.10.66 Indian AF 5 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-475 F.56A 11.12.66 12.12.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-127; G-9-157.
A-476 F.56A 11.12.66 12.12.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-7; G-9-158. Both this aircraft and A-474 above are listed as being ex Belgian AF IF-7. Can anyone explain this?
A-477 F.56A 11.12.66 12.12.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-89; G-9-151.
A-478 F.56A 11.12.66 12.12.66 Ex-Belgian AF IF-78; G-9-163.
IF-960 Canberra B.58 12.10.66 13.10.66 Indian AF 35 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-479 F.56A 16.01.67 19.01.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-69; G-9-142.
A-480 F.56A 16.01.67 19.01.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-124; G-9-113.
A-481 F.56A 16.01.67 19.01.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-137; G-9-156.
A-482 F.56A 16.01.67 19.01.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-1; G-9-187.
BF-600 Canberra B.58 16.01.67 19.01.67 Indian AF 35 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-483 F.56A 02.03.67 06.03.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-128; G-9-131.
A-484 F.56A 02.03.67 06.03.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-2; G-9-107.
A-485 F.56A 02.03.67 30.04.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-131; G-9-111. Involved in landing accident at Luqa, see military accidents page.
A-486 F.56A 02.03.67 06.03.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-144; G-9-112.
IF-963 Canberra B.58 02.03.67 06.03.67 Indian AF, squadron unknown. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-487 F.56A 19.04.67 30.04.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-113; G-9-115. Departure delay caused by a combination of pilot sickness and bad weather.
A-488 F.56A 19.04.67 30.04.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-43; G-9-117.
A-490 F.56A 19.04.67 30.04.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-98; G-9-137.
A-491 F.56A 19.04.67 30.04.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-66; G-9-138.
IF-900 Canberra B.58 19.04.67 30.04.67 Indian AF 5 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
S-576 T.66D 01.06.67 02.06.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-265; G-9-180.
S-577 T.66D 01.06.67 02.06.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-203; G-9-165.
S-579 T.66D 01.06.67 02.06.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-223; G-9-170.
S-580 T.66D 01.06.67 02.06.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-218; G-9-184.
IF-923 Canberra B.58 01.06.67 02.06.67 Indian AF 16 Sqdn, ‘B’ flight. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
A-492 F.56A 30.06.67 01.07.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-36; G-9-141.
A-493 F.56A 30.06.67 01.07.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-209; G-9-188.
A-494 F.56A 30.06.67 01.07.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-117; G-9-143.
S-578 T.66D 30.06.67 01.07.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-214; G-9-168.
IF-976 Canberra B.58 01.06.67 02.06.67 Indian AF 5 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
S-573 T.66D 20.07.67 21.07.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-212; G-9-183.
S-574 T.66D 20.07.67 21.07.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-230; G-9-171.
S-575 T.66D 20.07.67 21.07.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-261; G-9-178.
A-489 F.56A 20.07.67 21.07.67 Ex-Belgian AF IF-132; G-9-132.
IF-919 Canberra B.58 20.07.67 21.07.67 Indian AF 35 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters.
S-570 T.66D 21.09.67 22.09.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-269; G-9-181.
S-571 T.66D 21.09.67 22.09.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-208; G-9-167.
S-572 T.66D 21.09.67 22.09.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-204; G-9-182.
S-581 T.66D 21.09.67 22.09.67 Ex-Dutch AF N-250; G-9-185.
IF-960 Canberra B.58 12.10.66 13.10.66 Indian AF 35 Sqdn. Acted as escort for above four Hunters. Arrived on the 22nd.
A936 T.56A  
A937 T.56A      
A938 56A     The following Mk.56 Hunters were finished in standard RAF camouflage. Seen on 27.03.69.
A939 T.56A      
A940 T.56A      
A941 56A     Seen on 27.03.69.
A942 T.56A      
A943 T.56A      
A967 T.56A      
A968 T.56A      
A969 T.56A      
A1011 56A     Seen on 26.11.69.
A1012 56A     Seen on 26.11.69.
A1013 56A     Seen on 12.03.70.
A1014 56A     Seen on 12.03.70.
A1015 56A     Seen on 12.03.70.
S1391 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XE556, RAF.
S1392 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XE585, RAF.
S1393 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XF459, RAF.
        
 
Iraq

It is believed that Iraqi Hunters F.6s, received in 1957 and flown by rebel pilots flying from Mosul, were the first Hunters anywhere to go into action, being used in rocket attacks on royalist strongholds in southern Iraq during the 1958 revolution.

Iraq went on to receive large numbers of Hunters intermittently until 1968, these all being reconditioned ex-RAF, ex-Belgian AF and ex-Netherlands AF machines, transited through Malta in 1964, as did others before and after this date.

Camouflage for these (and Jordanian Hunters) was the standard RAF dark green/dark sea grey with light grey undersides. The Iraqi examples also had red noses, fins, tailplanes (both upper and lower surfaces) and wing tips.

SERIAL TYPE ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
    31.01.63 __.__.63 Additional details about these 4 aircraft will be appreciated.
  x 2 14.08.63 __.__.63 No additional details available.
537 T.66     At Luqa on 31.05.63. Number was in Arabic only, but believed correctly translated.
569 T.69     At Luqa on 16.05.64.
574 F.59     Previously IF-10, Belgian AF, British export registration G-9-71. At Luqa on 16.05.64.
575 F.59     At Luqa on 16.05.64.
576 F.59     At Luqa sometime between Jun/Jul 1964.
577 F.59     At Luqa sometime between Jun/Jul 1964.
585 F.59 __.12.64 __.12.64 c/n 8909, ex IF-126.
587 F.59 __.01.65 __.01.65 c/n 8826, ex IF-75.
661 F.59     At Luqa during May 1966.
662 F.59     At Luqa during May 1966.
663 F.59A __.08.66 __.08.66 Seen on 08.08.66.
664 F.59A __.08.66 __.08.66 Seen on 08.08.66.
        
 
Jordan

SERIAL TYPE ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
700/A F.73 __.04.65 __.04.65 Seen at RAF Luqa on 2 April, probably the arrival date. Destroyed during the June 1967 six-day war.
704/E F.73    Seen at Luqa on 08.02.68.
705/F       Seen at Luqa on 01.10.65. Again seen at Luqa on 08.08.66.
709/K       Seen at Luqa on 01.10.65. Again seen at Luqa on 08.08.66.
710/L       Seen at Luqa during March 1966, being ferried to the UK for maintenance.
712/N       Seen at Luqa during March 1966, being ferried to the UK for maintenance.
808       Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62.
810       Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62.
811       Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62.
812       Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62.
825/K F.73A     Seen at Luqa on 02.06.71. Previously XG255 with RAF.
826 F.73A 26.07.72 27.07.72  
827 F.73A 26.07.72 27.07.72  
846 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 12.10.71.
847 F.73B 21.12.71 22.12.71  
848 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 12.10.71.
849 F.73B 21.12.71 21.12.71  
850 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 13.11.71.
851 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 13.11.71.
        
 
Kenya

The first two aircraft are two-seaters, the remaining four being single-seaters. They all carried standard RAF camouflage of dark green/dark grey upper surfaces, with light grey undersides.


MARK SERIAL ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
FGA.9 801 24.06.74 25.06.74  
FGA.9 802 24.06.74 25.06.74 Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981 as 1084. Pi XL604.
FGA.9 803 24.06.74 25.06.74 c/n 41 H/67012. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981. pi WT755.
FGA.9 804 08.12.74 09.12.74 c/n HABL 003127. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981. pi XF972.
FGA.9 805 08.12.74 09.12.74 c/n 41 H/67/735. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981. pi WT778.
FGA.9 806 13.01.75 14.01.75 c/n HABL 003070. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981. pi XF309.


        
 
Kuwait

Camouflage was dark earth and middle stone on the upper surfaces, with azure blue undersides, similar to the Qatar examples below.


MARK SERIAL ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
T.67 218     All three aircraft were seen on 23.05.69, most probably the day of arrival.
T.67 219     Previously N257 with the R. Netherlands AF.
T.67 220     Previously XE530 with the Royal AF.


        
 

Lebanon


SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
L-176 F.6     Seen at Luqa on 14.09.65.
L-177 F.6     Seen at Luqa on 14.09.65.
L-178 T.7     Seen at Luqa “late 1965”. Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65.
L-179 T.7     Seen at Luqa in “late 1965”. Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65.
L-280       Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65 with L-178 & L-179. So presumably delivered via Luqa as well?
        
 

Qatar

The Qatar AF F.78s and T.79s were similar to the RAF’s FGA.9 and T.7 respectively. Camouflaged dark earth and middle stone on the upper surfaces, with azure blue undersides. Roundels were (starting from the outside) dark brown, light tan and white.

MARK SERIAL ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES/PREVIOUS SERIAL
F.78 QA12 09.12.71 10.12.71 G-9-284, N-222
T.79 QA13 09.12.71 10.12.71 G-9-191, N-316
F.78 QA10 20.12.71 21.12.71 G-9-268, N-268. Preserved Elvington as KLU N-268, coded N-2
F.78 QA11 20.12.71 21.12.71 G-9-283, N-219
        
 

Rhodesia

The Royal Rhodesian Air Force places an order for 12 Hunter F.6 s to be brought to full FGA.9 standard. Serial numbers ran from RRAF 116-127, deliveries commencing in January 1963 and completed by 1964. The aircraft went into service with No. 1 squadron at Thornhill.

SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
RRAF124 FGA.9     Seen at Luqa on 22.04.63 .
RRAF125 FGA.9     Seen at Luqa on 22.04.63 .
        
 
Saudi Arabia

Six Hunters, four F.6s and two T.7s, part of the Magic Carpet contract which also included Lightning interceptors and Thunderbird SAMs, were delivered to the R. Saudi AF between May - June 1966 to provide jet experience for Saudi pilots who were later to fly the BAC Lightning.

The aircraft were delivered in three batches of two aircraft, and were finished in a scheme of light earth/dark earth upper surfaces with azure blue belly. The insignia and lettering were in emerald green. On the left upper and right lower wing surfaces appeared the insignia, on the opposite surfaces appeared RSAF in green. The camouflage pattern followed that of RAF Hunters.

Based at Khamis Mushajt AB, close to the Yemeni border, they flew retaliatory raids against Yemeni and Egyptian strong points in the Yemen civil war.

Aircraft have been listed in chronological order of their delivery date.

SERIAL TYPE ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES/PREVIOUS SERIAL
60-602 F.60 05.05.66 __.05.66 Ex XE591, G-9-212.
70-616 T.70 05.05.66 __.05.66 Ex XL620.
60-601 F.60 25.05.66 __.05.66 Ex XJ712, G-9-210.
60-603 F.60 25.05.66 __.05.66 Ex XF450, G-9-211.
60-604 F.60 __.05.66 __.05.66 Previously XJ712/H with 1 Sqdn.
70-617 T.70 __.05.66 __.05.66 XL605
        
 
Singapore

The batch of sixteen Hunters destined for the Singapore AF had started life as F.6’s with the RAF, being upgraded or converted to FGA.9 and FR.10 standard.

For use with the Singapore Air Defence Command (SADC), twelve of these Hunters were designated as F.74, equivalent to the FGA.9, and as a ground attack aircraft. The remaining four were given the designation F.74A, having both a ground attack and reconnaissance role. Camouflage was a dark and light earth, with light grey undersides, with a white serial number on the fuselage, and black numbers on the wing undersides. No markings were carried on the fin.


SADC SERIAL MARK PREVIOUS ID’S ARR/DEP NOTES
F.75 500 G-9-290, N-303 27.10.72 rr N91167
501 F.74 G-9-300, XG260 12/13.11.70  
502 F.74 G-9-306, XJ685 12/13.11.70  
503 F.74A G-9-324, XF437 24/25.06.71 rr VH-FGA
504 F.74B G-9-291, N-304 27.10.72  
505 F.74 G-9-302, XJ632 10/11.12.70  
506 F.74A G-9-325, XG205 24/25.06.71  
507 F.74 G-9-304, XG251 10/11.12.70 Collided with 509 on 08.04.71.
508 F.74 G-9-305, XE615 14/15.01.71  
509 F.74 G-9-301, XF456 14/15.01.71 Collided with 507 on 08.04.71.
510 F.74 G-9-303, XG296 04/05.03.71  
511 F.74 G-9-307, XJ680 04/05.03.71  
513 F.74 G-9-308, XJ684 25/26.03.71  
515 F.74 G-9-309, XJ643 25/26.03.71  
518 F.74A G-9-311, XJ642 20/21.05.71  
519 F.74A G-9-323, XE652 20/21.05.71  
512 F.74A G-9-326, XG292 04/05.08.71 rr N81846
517 F.74A G-9-327, XJ689 04/05.08.71 rr ZK-JIL
520 F.74 G-9-357, XG153 14.06.72  
521 F.74B G-9-358, XG266 14.06.72  
525 F.74B G-9-362, XF428 13.10.72  
527 F.74B G-9-364, XF458 13.10.72  
526 F.74B G-9-363, XF432, G-BABM 10.11.72  
528 T.75 G-9-345, XF970 10.11.72 rr VH-RHO
529 F.74B G-9-346, XF969 15.12.72  
530 F.74B G-9-347, WV364 17/18.01.73 Wheels up landing 18.06.86.
531 F.74B G-9-365, XJ714 17/18.01.73  
532 F.75 G-9-348, WV386 15.12.72 rr N81827
533 F.74B G-9-366, XE614 21.02.73  
534 F.74B G-9-356, XJ633 21.02.73  
        
 
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