Hawker Hunter XG 164

One of our two planes housed in the hangar is Hawker Hunter XG 164.

She has had a varied career since coming into service in 1956 when she flew with 111 Squadron and was part of the aerobatic display team, The Black Arrows who preceded the Red Arrows that we know today.

From there she flew with 74 Squadron, also known as the Tiger Squadron with their tiger head motif.

She also saw service with the station flight at R.A.F West Raynham and the Fleet Air Arm at R.N.A.S Brawdy, before being taken back to the R.A.F and serving with the TWU - Tactical Weapons Unit.

She came to the museum in July 2016 following quite a journey down the M5. Her wings had been taken off and packed beside her on the lorry that transported her - a military operation in itself.

Sheila, Steve's wife, asked me to help her to paint the Hunter black to show her former glory. What a privilege that was, something that I'll never forget. It took us three weeks and we were lucky to get beautiful weather to complete the task. 

Her final journey was when she was craned into the hangar last spring where she now resides next to the Fairey Gannet.

R.A.F 74 Squadron

XG 164 as she arrived at the museum.


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