Hunter celebrates 60th anniversary of first flight

WB188.gif The Hawker Hunter (Mk. 3) celebrated its 60th anniversary since the first flight on 20 July.

The painting above by Flight Artist Tim Bicheno-Brown, depicts Hunter WB188, piloted by Neville Duke, establishing the world airspeed record on 7 Sept 1953, who achieved a speed of 727.63mph (1,171.01km/h) in level flight, over a set distance along the south coast of England.

This aircraft is now displayed at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, West Sussex.  

Flightglobal may well have reported about the first flight of the Hawker Hunter in the magazine at the time but I’ve not been able to find it in any of the pages. Any help in finding the link to the article where Flight recorded the first flight of the Hawker Hunter will be welcomed. 

General arrangement diagram:

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One Response to Hunter celebrates 60th anniversary of first flight

  1. Jim Conaghy 25 July, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I believe the P1127 is the Harrier prototype not the designation of the Hawker Hunter.

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