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Hawker Hunter

Manufacturer Beechcraft
Country United States
New price USD 20 million

The Hawker Hunter is a transonic British jet-powered fighter aircraft that was developed by Hawker Aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the late 1940s and early 1950s.


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Hawker Hunter Specifications

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Hawker Beechcraft
1954 - 1976
United States
New purchase price
USD 20 million

Aircraft performance

Ekco ARI 5820 ranging radar
1x 1 × Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet
10,145 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
621 Kts
1,150 Km/h
Travel range:
1,700 Nm
3,148 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
3.32 Nm / gallon
1.624 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
50,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
17200 feet / minute
87.38meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1090 meter - 3,576.07 feet
Landing Distance:
795 meter - 2,608.24 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
11,158 Kg
24,599 lbs
Max Payload:
1,814 Kg
3,999 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
497 gallon
1,881 liter

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About the Hawker Hunter

The Hawker Hunter is a transonic British jet-powered fighter aircraft that was developed by Hawker Aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was designed to take advantage of the newly developed Rolls-Royce Avon turbojet engine and the swept wing, and was the first jet-powered aircraft produced by Hawker to be procured by the RAF. On 7 September 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record for aircraft, achieving a speed of 727.63mph (1,171.01km/h; 632.29kn).

The single-seat Hunter was introduced to service in 1954 as a manoeuvrable day interceptor aircraft, quickly succeeding first-generation jet fighters in RAF service such as the Gloster Meteor and the de Havilland Venom. The all-weather/night fighter role was filled by the Gloster Javelin. Successively improved variants of the type were produced, adopting increasingly more capable engine models and expanding its fuel capacity amongst other modifications being implemented. Hunters were also used by two RAF display teams: the “Black Arrows”, who on one occasion looped a record-breaking 22 Hunters in formation, and later the “Blue Diamonds”, who flew 16 aircraft. The Hunter was also widely exported, serving with a total of 21 overseas air forces.

During the 1960s, following the introduction of the supersonic English Electric Lightning in the interceptor role, the Hunter transitioned to being operated as a fighter-bomber and for aerial reconnaissance missions, using dedicated variants for these purposes. Two-seat variants remained in use for training and secondary roles with the RAF and the Royal Navy until the early 1990s. Sixty years after its original introduction it was still in active service, being operated by the Lebanese Air Force until 2014.

The Hunter saw combat service in a range of conflicts with several operators, including the Suez Crisis, the Aden Emergency, the Sino-Indian War, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, the Rhodesian Bush War, the Second Congo War, the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War. Overall, 1,972 Hunters were manufactured by Hawker Aircraft and its successor, Hawker Siddeley, as well as being produced under licence overseas. In British service, the Hunter was replaced in its principal roles by the Lightning, the Hawker Siddeley Harrier and the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II.

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