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.
Facts & Figures
|Version||Hawker Hunter Mk.68|
|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|