Hawker Hunter T7A

Overview

The Hunter T.7 was the two-seater training version of the first high-speed jet fighter with radar and fully-powered flying controls to go into widespread service with the Royal Air Force.

Despite initial teething problems, including a short endurance and numerous difficulties with the armament, the Hunter proved a popular and adaptable aircraft.

The Hawker Hunter was one of the most successful of the British post-war jet fighters; over 1000 were purchased by the Royal Air Force. Entering service in July 1954 it became the Royal Air Force’s standard single-seat fighter, replacing Meteor, Sabre and Venom aircraft. From 1960 Lightnings began to supersede the Hunter in Fighter Command.

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