Hawker Hunter – Fighter Jet and Fighter Bomber
“Hawker Hunter” – due to its versatility, the Hawker Hunter was often used as a ground attack aircraft or for air reconnaissance missions.
Hawker Hunter in Switzerland
The Hawker Hunter was used as a fighter aircraft and as a fighter-bomber. In Switzerland, the Hawker Hunter’s service was especially long totalling at 37 years, which is probably the reason for the Hawker Hunter having such a large fan community among the Swiss. Its main missions in various Air Forces was the ground support role.
Technical Data Hawker Hunter
The Hawker Hunter is a versatile heavy fighter and fighter-bomber from the cold war era.
- Service ceiling: 15.250 m
- Range: 350-570 km
- Maximum takeoff weight: 10.885 kg
- Wingspan: 10,26 m
- Length: 13,98 m
About Hawker Hunters
The Hunter convinces with its first class flight characteristics. The Hunter’s history begins with the flight of the prototype in the summer of 1951. Many Air Forces counted on its loyal service throughout many years: It was in service with most Air Forces up until about 1980. The most enthusiastic Hunter operators were the Singapore Air Force and the Swiss Air Force. There, the Hunter remained in active service from 1958 to 1994. In total, 1972 Hawker Hunter airframes were built, either directly at Hawker Siddley or under licence at Avions Fairey in Belgium or at Fokker in the Netherlands.
With the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Hunter was also used as a frontline attack and fighter aircraft up to the commissioning of the English Electric Lightning – on which MiGFlug also offered flights until 2010 at ThunderCity in Cape Town.