It took a little while to get right, but the Hunter, first flown in prototype form in 1951, became one of the outstanding jet fighters of its early Cold War generation. Another product of the design genius of Hawker's Sir Sydney Camm, it entered RAF service in 1954, and proved a significant export success, being built to the tune of over 1,970 examples. The two-seat T7 variant was developed initially as a private venture by Hawker, but soon attracted official interest and was purchased by the RAF for use as a conversion trainer. Not until 1994 were the last RAF Hunter T7s retired. The Midair Squadron has two airworthy T7s, of which one will attend RIAT 2014.
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