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Hawker Hunter T7

The first high-speed jet aircraft, equipped with fully powered flight controls, to go into widespread service with the RAF will be on static display at the Air Tattoo.

The Hawker Hunter is a subsonic British jet aircraft developed in the 1950s. In 1953, the modified first prototype broke the world air speed record, reaching 727.63mph. The following year, it entered RAF service as a maneuverable fighter aircraft and later operated in fighter-bomber and reconnaissance roles. The Hunter was also used by two RAF display teams - the Black Arrows and later the Blue Diamonds.

The jet fighter replaced the Gloster Meteor, Canadair Sabre and de Havilland Venom in RAF service.

The two-seat variant- the T7 - remained in use for training and secondary roles with the RAF and Royal Navy until the early 1990s. The aircraft will come from Hunter Flight Academy.

Photograph courtesy of Paul Brown.

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