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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.

Additional information from the files of the Merseyside Aviation Group.

        
 

Abu Dhabi

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

Additional information about Abu Dhabi Hunters from the files of my two colleagues, Charles Stafrace & John Visanich.

Two of the Hunters listed below were seen at Luqa on 19.01.71, whilst the delivery dates of the other two remains unknown.


SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
701 F.76 09.03.70   Fighter-bomber role. c/n 41H-679947, pi G-9-270, XE589. Converted in RAF service from F.6 to FR.10.
702 F.76     c/n HABL003155, ex RAF F.4 XG341, G-9-260.
703 F.76     c/n 41H-670835, ex RAF F.4 WV389, G-9-245.
704 F.76     c/n 41H-670848, ex RAF F.4 WV402, G-9-247. Noted at Luqa 05.12.70.
705 F.76     c/n HABL003091, ex RAF F.4 XF362, G-9-251. Noted at Luqa 05.12.70.
706 F.76     Seen at Luqa on 09.01.71. c/n HABL003096, ex-RAF F.4, pi G-9-252, XF367.
707 F.76     Seen at Luqa on 09.01.71. c/n HABL003103, ex RAF F.4, pi G-9-253, XF935.
708 F.76A 09.03.70   Recce role. c/n 41H- ?, ex RAF F.6, pi G-9-292, WW592.
709 F.76A     c/n HABL003126 ex RAF F.4 XF971 G-9-257.
710 F.76A     c/n 41H-670846, ex RAF F.4 WV400 G-9-259.
711 T.77 12.05.70 13.05.70 Two-seater. c/n 41H-695334, pi G-9-288, (ex RAF T.7 XM118), N-312 KLu (diverted off RAF contract to the Netherlands).
712 T.77 12.05.70 13.05.70 Two-seater. c/n 41H- ?, pi G-9-289, N-301, ex KLu T.7.

        
 

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 their magazines on CD in .pdf format, 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.

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


Oh, how the times have changed . . .


Whoever wrote the RAF Luqa Operations Record Book could not have been an aircraft enthusiast (although in fairness, it should be pointed out that they weren’t expected to be). Still less a Maltese enthusiast. Here’s what was written in November 1966.

”Hunter aircraft on delivery flights to the Iraqi, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian Air Forces no longer excite interest on the station but a new sight this month was the first Hunter aircraft for the Indian Air Force staging through.”

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SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
?   24.08.59 25.08.59 c/s Yellow 1.
?   24.08.59 25.08.59 c/s Yellow 2.
?   24.08.59 25.08.59 c/s Yellow 3.
?   24.08.59 25.08.59 c/s Yellow 4. The serials of these four aircraft may be in the BA32_ range.
A-459 F.56A 14.06.66 15.06.66 8852, ex FAB IF-91, 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.
A-463 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-13; G-2-128.
A-464 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-104; G-9-130.
A-465 56A 17.08.66 18.08.66 ex-Belgian AF IF-50; G-9-134.
A-466 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 8892, ex FAB IF-115, G-9-152.
A-474 F.56A 02.11.66 03.11.66 8751, ex-Belgian AF IF-7; G-9-154.
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 8761, ex-Belgian AF IF-17; G-9-158.
A-477 F.56A 11.12.66 12.12.66 8833, ex-Belgian AF IF-89; G-9-161.
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 8814, ex FAB IF-64, 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 F.56A     ex RAF F.6, XG129, G-9-240.
A937 F.56A     c/n 41H-680026, ex RAF F.6, XG201, G-9-242.
A938 F.56A     c/n S4/U/3367, ex RAF F.6 XF521 G-9-243. The following Mk.56 Hunters were finished in standard RAF camouflage. Seen on 27.03.69.
A939 F.56A     c/n 41H-680015, ex RAF F.6, pi XG190, G-9-244.
A940 F.56A     ex RAF F.6, pi XG170, G-9-241.
A941 F.56A     Seen on 27.03.69. c/n 41H-680011, ex RAF F.6, pi XG186, G-9-237.
A942 F.56A     c/n 41H-680014, ex RAF F.6, pi XG189, G-9-238.
A943 F.56A     c/n 41H-680036, ex RAF F.6, pi XG211, G-9-239.
A967 F.56A     c/n 41H-679978, ex RAF FGA.9, XE620, G-9-273.
A968 F.56A     c/n 41H-688063, ex RAF FGA.9 XJ646, G-9-275.
A969 F.56A     c/n 41H-688083, ex RAF XJ692, G-9-276. Converted to FGA.9A from F.6.
A1011 F.56A     Seen on 26.11.69. c/n 8953, ex KLu F.6, N-271, G-9-278.
A1012 F.56A     Seen on 26.11.69. c/n 8956, ex KLu F.6, N-274, G-9-279.
A1013 F.56A     Seen on 12.03.70. c/n 8952, ex KLu F.6, N-252, G-9-280.
A1014 F.56A     Seen on 12.03.70. c/n 8821, ex KLu F.6, N-213, G-9-281.
A1015 F.56A     Seen on 12.03.70. c/n 8830, ex KLu F.6, N-216, G-9-282.
S1391 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XE556, RAF c/n 41H-679931, pi G-9-353. FR.10 in RAF service.
S1392 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XE585, RAF. c/n 41H-679943, pi G-9-354. FR.10 in RAF service.
S1393 T.66E 17.01.74 18.01.74 Pi XF459, RAF. c/n S4/U/3336, pi G-9-355. Converted to FR.10 from F.6 mark in RAF service.

        
 

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.69     At Luqa on 31.05.63. Number was in Arabic only, but believed correctly translated.

I have received the following note about this particular aircraft.

This does not belong to an Iraqi Hunter or indeed any other type it operated but in view of the date it must have been one of the earlier deliveries since the earliest of the refurbished ones were only delivered in March 64 (to Iraq as 570 and 571).

This number could therefore be a typo for 573.
569 T.69     At Luqa on 16.05.64. c/n 8950, ex FAB F.6, IF-143, G-9-99.
574 F.59     At Luqa on 16.05.64. c/n 8765, ex FAB F.6, IF-21, G-9-74.
575 F.59     At Luqa on 16.05.64. c/n 8771, ex FAB F.6, IF-27, G-9-77.
576 F.59     At Luqa sometime between Jun/Jul 1964. c/n 8941, ex FAB F.6, IF-140, G-9-94.
577 F.59     At Luqa sometime between Jun/Jul 1964. c/n 8768, ex FAB F.6, IF-24, G-9-75.
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.59A     At Luqa during May 1966. c/n 8753 ex FAB F.6, IF-9, G-9-133.
662 F.59B     At Luqa during May 1966. c/n 8846, ex KLu F.6, N-221, G-9-169.
663 F.59B __.08.66 __.08.66 Seen on 08.08.66. c/n 8801, ex KLu F.6, N-205, G-9-166.
664 F.59B __.08.66 __.08.66 Seen on 08.08.66. c/n 8935, ex KLu F.6, N-259, G-9-177.

        
 

Jordan

Since this list was originally published, additional information has recently come available to this writer, including some “new” aircraft.

Unfortunately, the routing, i.e. passing through Malta, couldn’t be confirmed, and have therefore been placed in a separate table pending confirmation.

SERIAL TYPE ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
700/A F.73 02.04.65 03.04.65 c/n 41H-679926, ex F.6 XE551. Retained by Hawkers and sold to RJAF on 07.11.58. Allocated G-9-195 after their return to the UK for overhaul. Departed Dunsfold, UK on 02.11.65, accompanied by Hunter 706/G. Destroyed during the June 1967 six-day war.
704/E F.73     Seen at Luqa on 08.02.68. c/n S4/U/3344. ex F.6 XF498. No RAF service and sold to RJAF on 12.11.58. Allocated G-9-203.
705/F F.73     c/n S4/U/3321, ex F.6 XF444. Only used by the A&AEE and sold to RJAF 12.11.58 Allocated G-9-200 after its return to the UK for overhaul. Arrived at Luqa with 709/K, landing in the UK on 11.10.65. Left the UK, and again seen at Luqa on 08.08.66.
709/K F.73     See 705/F above c/n S4/U/3279 ex F.6 XF379 Retained by Hawkers and sold to RJAF 10/11/58 Allocated G-9-199.
710/L F.73     c/n S4/U/3280. ex F.6 XF380. Retained by Hawkers, but only used by the A&AEE, then sold to the RJAF on 10.11.58. Allocated G-9-197. Arrived with 712/N for the UK for maintenance, landing in the UK on 03.07.65. Left the UK on 04.03.66, probably seen at Luqa later the same day.
712/N F.73     See 710/L above. c/n 41H-680063. ex RAF F.6 XG262, and sold to the RJAF on 09.09.60. Allocated G-9-198.
717 F.6 22.04.67 23.04.67 Courtesy of the Air Britain Information Exchange comes the following: Former 229 OCU F6 XG159 had its Minor servicing completed at Number 5 MU RAF Kemble on the 30th March 1967 during which it was re-sprayed Dark Green over Dark Sea Grey with Grey 9-05-BS2660 (early LAG) under surfaces. RJAF markings were painted on and the aircraft was despatched by Kemble on the 17th April 1967 arriving at RAF Luqa from Dunsfold, flown by a Contractor pilot, departing for Amman AB the following day. Destroyed on the ground some six weeks later at Mafraq AB at the start of Operation "Moked", the beginning of the Six-Day War.
808 F.6 ?     Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62. c/n 41H-?, ex RAF F.6 XG171.
810 F.6 ?     Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62. c/n S4/U/3293, ex RAF F.6 XF417.
811 F.6 ?     Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62. c/n 41H-680012, ex RAF F.6 XG187.
812 F.6 ?     Seen at Luqa on 09.10.62. c/n 41H-680058, ex RAF F.6 XG257. These four aircraft were sold to the RJAF, so this was their delivery flight to Jordan.
825/K F.73A     Seen at Luqa on 02.06.71. c/n 41H-680056, ex RAF FGA.9 XG255. This aircraft was sold to Jordan in August 1967, on UK withdrawal from Aden, so this was a ferry flight to the UK for maintenance purposes.
826 F.73A 26.07.72 27.07.72 c/n 41H-680084. ex RAF FGA.9 XG298. This aircraft was sold to Jordan in August 1967, on UK withdrawal from Aden, so this was the return flight to Jordan after maintenance in the UK.
827 F.73A 26.07.72 27.07.72 c/n 41H-679989. ex RAF FGA.9 XE645. This aircraft was sold to Jordan in August 1967, on UK withdrawal from Aden, so this was the return flight to Jordan after maintenance in the UK.
846 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 12.10.71. c/n 41H-670799, ex RAF F.4 WV325, G-9-250.
847 F.73B 21.12.71 22.12.71 c/n HABL003123, ex RAF F.4 XF968, G-9-264.
848 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 12.10.71. c/n HABL003120, ex RAF F.4 XF952, G-9-263.
849 F.73B 21.12.71 21.12.71 c/n 41H-670853, ex RAF F.4 WV407, G-9-248.
850 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 13.11.71. c/n HABL003134, ex RAF F.4 XF979, RN Ground Instruction aircraft serial A2587, G-9-258.
851 F.73B     Seen at Luqa on 13.11.71. c/n 41H-670847, ex RAF F.4 WV401, G-9-246.


Unconfirmed Jordanian Hunters

SERIAL TYPE ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
702 19.01.67
708 19.01.67
715 13.05.67
716 07.10.66

        
 

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.


SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
801 T.81 24.06.74 25.06.74 c/n 41H-670712, ex RN T.8 WT755, G-9-417. Written off 02.06.75.
802 T.81 24.06.74 25.06.74 c/n 41H-?, ex RN T.8 XL604, G-9-416. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF in 1981 as 1084.
803 FGA.80 24.06.74 25.06.74 c/n 41H-679984 ex RAF FR.10 XE626, G-9-409. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF in 1981 as 8100.
804 FGA.80 08.12.74 09.12.74 c/n HABL003127. c/n ex RAF F.4 XF972, 7948M, G-9-418 . Transferred to Zimbabwe AF in 1981 as 1801.
805 FGA.80 08.12.74 09.12.74 c/n HABL003070, ex RAF F.4, XF309, 7771M, G-9-420. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF in 1981 as 1038.. pi WT778.
806 FGA.80 13.01.75 14.01.75 c/n HABL003130, ex RAF F.4 XF975, 7945M, G-9-421. Transferred to Zimbabwe AF, 1981 as 1082.


        
 

Kuwait

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

All three aircraft were seen on 23.05.69, most probably the day of arrival.


SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
218 T.67     c/n 8970, ex KLu F.6, N-282, G-9-236.
219 T.67     c/n 8830, ex KLu F.6, N-257, G-9-266.
220 T.67     c/n 41H-679905, ex RAF FGA.9 XE530, G-9-267.

        
 


Lebanon

These seem to have later been re-serialled, replacing the number ‘1’ with ‘2’. Also, current Lebanese AF aircraft carry the serial without a hyphen.

SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
L-176 F.6     Seen at Luqa on 14.09.65. c/n 8844, ex FAB F.6 IF-86, G-9-110.
L-177 F.70     Seen at Luqa on 14.09.65. c/n 8861, ex FAB F.6 IF-96, G-9-121.
L-178 F.70     Seen at Luqa “late 1965”. Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65. c/n 8912, ex FAB F.6 IF-129, G-9-102.
L-179 F.70     Seen at Luqa in “late 1965”. Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65. c/n 8866, ex FAB F.6 IF-101, G-9-114.
L-180 T.66C     Noted at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 16.11.65 with L-178 & L-179. So presumably delivered via Luqa as well? c/n 8807, ex FAB F.6 IF-60, G-9-145.

        
 

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.

SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES/PREVIOUS SERIAL
QA12 F.78 09.12.71 10.12.71 c/n 8850, ex KLu F.6 N-222, (G-9-229) G-9-284.
QA13 T.79 09.12.71 10.12.71 c/n 41H-695338, ex RAF T.7 (XM122), KLu T.7 N-316, G-9-191.
QA10 F.78 20.12.71 21.12.71 c/n 8947, ex KLu F.6, N-268, G-9-268. Preserved Elvington as KLU N-268, coded N-2
QA11 F.78 20.12.71 21.12.71 c/n 8840, ex KLu F.6 N-219, G-9-283.

        
 


Rhodesia

The Royal Rhodesian Air Force placed an order for 12 Hunter F.6s 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.

The following two aircraft were sold directly to Rhodesia on 19.04.63 and carried no G-9- identities.

SERIAL MARK ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
RRAF124 FGA.9     Seen at Luqa on 22.04.63. c/n 41H-688091, ex RAF FGA.9 XJ716. Re-serialled 1284.
RRAF125 FGA.9     Seen at Luqa on 22.04.63. c/n S4/U/3350, ex RAF F.6 XF504. Re-serialled 1258.

It's possible that this aircraft had already been converted during its RAF service to FGA.9 standard, but its last recorded unit, No. 74 Sqdn., did not operate this particular version.

        
 

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
60-601 F.60 25.05.66 __.05.66 c/n 41H-688087, ex RAF F.6 XJ712, G-9-210.
60-602 F.60 05.05.66 __.05.66 c/n 41H-679949, ex RAF F.6 XE591, G-9-212.
60-603 F.60 25.05.66 __.05.66 c/n S4/U/3327, ex RAF F.6 XF450, G-9-211.
60-604 F.60 __.05.66 __.05.66 c/n 41H-688090, ex RAF F.6 XJ715, G-9-213.
70-616 T.70 05.05.66 __.05.66 c/n 41H-695354, ex RAF T.7 XL620, G-9-215. This aircraft was eventually returned to the RAF as XX466..
70-617 T.70 __.05.66 __.05.66 c/n 41H-693834, ex RAF T.7 XL605, G-9-214. This aircraft also returned to the RAF as XX467, later becoming G-TVII.

        
 

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
500 T.75 G-9-290, N-303 27.10.72 rr N91167
501 F.74A G-9-300, XG260 12/13.11.70 c/n 41H-688076. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
502 F.74A G-9-306, XJ685 12/13.11.70 Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
503 FR.74A G-9-324, XF437 24/25.06.71 rr VH-FGA. c/n S4/U/3313. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
504 T.75 G-9-291, N-304 27.10.72 Previously T.7 with the KLu.
505 F.74A G-9-302, XJ632 10/11.12.70 Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
506 F.74A G-9-325, XG205 24/25.06.71 c/n 41H-680030. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
507 F.74A G-9-304, XG251 10/11.12.70 c/n 41H-680052. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF. Collided with 509 on 08.04.71.
508 F.74A G-9-305, XE615 14/15.01.71 c/n 41H-679973. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
509 F.74A G-9-301, XF456 14/15.01.71 c/n S4/U/3333. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF. Collided with 507 on 08.04.71.
510 F.74A G-9-303, XG296 04/05.03.71 c/n 41H-680082. Previously an FGA.9 with the RAF.
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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