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RR Avon 203
10,000 lbs.
12,760 lbs.
17,750 lbs.
4- 30 mm
7,400 lbs.
45 ft. 11 in.
33 ft. 8 in.
500 mph
728 mph
6,400 fpm
51,500 feet
1,840 miles

The Hawker Hunter is the longest serving British built jet fighter. As of this writing, four are still serving with the Lebanese Air Force.

In July of 1951, the first Hawker Hunter took to the sky. Test pilots found that it could go supersonic in a dive. The prototype aircraft was powered by an Avon 100 series engine producing about 6,500 lbs. of thrust.

A Hawker Hunter prototype was exhibited to the public for the first time at the 1951 Farnborough Air Show.

In April of 1952, a Hawker Hunter officially surpassed Mach 1. It was piloted by Nevil Duke, a test pilot.

The first production Hawker Hunter took to the sky on May 16, 1953. However, it, together with an additional 22 aircraft of the first production lot were used solely for testing.

On Sept. 7, 1953 a Hawker Hunter set a 727.6 mph level flight official speed record.

The first Hawker Hunter aircraft were deployed in mid 1954. They provided the RAF with their first fighter aircraft capable of transonic speeds.

Initially Hawker Hunter aircraft had problems when their guns firing caused the engine to flame out at altitudes above 30,000 feet. However, this was quickly remedied. Another issue was that the cartridges remaining after the bullets were fired tended to strike the lower fuselage causing damage and the possibility of being ingested into the engine. Cartridge collectors were fitted to new models and retrofitted to older ones.

Other changes to the aircraft, as it developed, increased engine reliability, fuel and ordnance.

While Hawker Hunter aircraft were originally powered by Avon engines, other production models were produced simultaneously which were powered by the Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire engine. However, few aircraft were eventually equipped by the Armstrong engines.

In an effort to improve the range and payload of the Hawker Hunter, the model F.4 was developed. It was equipped with the Avon 115 turbojet, producing more thrust. The aircraft's wings were made stronger which enabled it to carry fuel tanks, bombs, and rockets.

Hawker Hunters of the 263 Squadron, equipped with Armstrong engines, were the first to see action. They flew sorties against Egyptian ground targets during the Suez Campaign.

The 10,000 lb. thrust Avon 203 engine was fitted to the Hawker Hunter F. Mk 6. It increased both aircraft speed and climb rate. This was the version of the aircraft built in the greatest numbers. However, early production aircraft versions had a tendency to pitch up at high speeds. This was remedied by extended the leading edges of the outer portion of the wing, resulting in a saw-tooth look. An improved starting system allowed the Mk 6 to scramble more quickly than previous models.

Some 19 countries around the world used the Hawker Hunter. They saw action with the Indian Air Force in their fights with Pakistan. Eight Pakistani jets were claimed as downed by Indian Hawker Hunter aircraft.

Jordanian Hawker Hunter aircraft were deployed against Israel during the Six Day War.

Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland all produce Hawker Hunter aircraft under license.

Today many of the aircraft can be found in museum displays, and performing at air shows throughout the world.

A total of over 1,970 Hawker Hunter aircraft were manufactured in five versions.

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Hawker Hunter from NitroPlanes.

Pictured above is the Hawker Hunter at NitroPlanes. Its wingspan is 41" and it is 39" long. Included are retracts and a 70 mm EDF. Just add your own choice of motor. All up weight is around 3 1/4 lbs.

Pictured in the first two pictures below is the Hawker Hunter from a kit by Mick Reeves Models. It has a wingspan of 63" and a length of 93". It has an epoxy fuse and balsa built up wings. You will need a turbine engine producing a minimum of 15 lbs. of thrust for power. All up weight is about 22 1/2 lbs.

The third picture below is of the giant scale Hawker Hunter built by Keith Mitchell. It is 33% scale.

The last picture on this page is of the Hawker Hunter built from a kit for sale by Green Air Designs. Construction is from Depron. It has a wingspan of 24" and a length of 32". Green Air recommends powering it with their Viper-Tec 48 or 50 mm motor and EDF unit.

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Mick Reeves Models Hawker Hunter.

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Hawker Hunter from Mick Reeves.

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Keith Mitchell and his Hawker Hunter.

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Green Air Designs Hawker Hunter.

West Wings has a Hawker Hunter kit. Wingspan is 28" and the fuselage is 38" long. Materials used to build the model are balsa and plywood. You can use a Speed 480 size motor driving a WeMoTec Mini Fan.

Parkjets.com has plans for a Hawker Hunter with a 33" wingspan.  It is made from Depron. Plans show either a pusher prop or ducted fan for power.

Airworld Modellbau has a Hawker Hunter. Its wingspan is 81" and length is 110". You will need turbine engines with from 34 to 38 lbs. of thrust for power.

HT Modellbau has a Hawker Hunter. Its wingspan is 59", and length is 82". For power it needs from a 18 to 26 lb. thrust turbine engine.

Ducted Fans has a Hawker Hunter. It has a 25" wingspan and is 31" long. To power it you will need a motor and 480 size fan unit. Weight is around 2 1/2 lbs.

Jetline Models has a Hawker Hunter that builds to a 57" wingspan with a 77" length.

Fly Fly Hobby Mfg., China, has a Hawker Hunter. It is a foamy with a 44" wingspan and 59" length. Included is a 92 mm fan. Weight is about 4 1/2 lbs.

Shenzhen Linpa Technology Ltd., China has the 34" wingspan Hawker Hunter.

JetflyerJ of RC Universe was interested in Hawker Hunter kits or ARF's.

At RCUniverse weasel 33 suggested a Hawker Hunter.

At RCUniverse swissflyer posted pictures of a Hawker Hunter on display.

Rider-60 of RCUniverse posted his observations of a Hawker Hunter.

At RC Universe cairoman had questions about a Hawker Hunter kit.

Dave Presta of RC Universe posted his impressions of a Hawker Hunter.

JohnMac of RC Universe discussed several Hunter Hunter kits in a posting.

Paul Willenborg of RCGroups was looking for a Hawker Hunter.

RoverTomcat of RCGroups posted about building his Hawker Hunter.

Gordon of RCGroups gave tips about building a Hawker Hunter.

At RCGroups flyandi had a Hawker Hunter.

Don Shields of RCGroups wrote an article about the Hawker Hunter.

TheSkylineFlyer of RCGroups started a thread about constructing a Hawker Hunter.

Drew 816 of RC Groups posted about a Hawker Hunter.

At WattFlyer easytiger was asking about a Hawker Hunter.

At WattFlyer skyline g35 posted about powering his Hawker Hunter.

ExtremeRC of WattFlyer started a thread about constructing a Hawker Hunter.

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