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The single-engine jet fighter Hunter was developed by British manufacturer Hawker Siddeley in the late 1940s and made its first flight in 1951. In total, nearly 2,000 aircraft were built and served with over 20 air forces. Besides the RAF, the Swiss Air Force was one of the main users. It operated the Hunter (which was modernised over the years) until 1994.

Three planes of the Swiss Air Force – two two-seater Hunter Mk.68 and a one-seater Hunter Mk.58 – belong to the Swiss Hunter Team of the aviation museum in Altenrhein, which honours the memory of these legendary fighters.

The Hawker Hunter MK.68, J-4206 (HB-RVV), which is presented at AIRPOWER16 by the Swiss Hunter Team, features a tiger livery since 2009. These striking markings had already been used on a Hunter once in 1973 by No. 11 Squadron of the Swiss Air Force. At Austria’ airshow the Hunter will be showcased in a special-themed area of the Static Display together with other aircraft featuring tiger schemes.

  • © Bundesheer / Rene Auer

  • © Fliegermuseum Altenrhein / Markus Dussy

  • © Bundesheer Markus Zinner

  • © Bundesheer Markus Zinner

  • © Fliegermuseum Altenrhein / Daniel Pluess

© Bundesheer / Andreas Macher

Facts & Figures

Manufacturer Hawker Siddeley
Version Hawker Hunter Mk.68
Length 14.90 m
Height 4.26 m
Wingspan 10.24 m
Empty weight 7,210 kg
Max. take-off weight 11,340 kg
Max. speed 1,185 km/h / 640 KIAS
Service ceiling 15,240 m / 50,000 ft
Powerplant 1 x Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet
Thrust 45.8 kN
Crew 2
Display Static