HAWKER HUNTER F. MK 4 XF311

 

 


XF311
   
24AUG53
  Contract SP/6ACFT/9817/CB 7a issued for the second production batch of 100 Hunters to be built by Hawker Aircraft (Blackpool) Ltd. Built at Squires Gate, Blackpool as part of batch XF289 to XF324. XF311 was shop number 93.
16DEC55
  First flight
30DEC55
  Awaiting collection
10JAN56
  Issued to No 5 MU
19JAN56
  Delivered to No 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble.
08MAY56
  Issued to No 234 Sqn at Geilenkirchen [Coded B]
01JAN57
  Issued to No 130 Sqn RAF based at Bruggen, Germany [Coded V]
15JAN57
  Flight 50mins ex Bruggen, Fg Off John Oxenford No 130 Sqn
17JAN57
  Flight 35mins ex Bruggen, Fg Off John Oxenford No 130 Sqn (Source: Fg Off Oxenford's logbook)
06MAY57
  Issued to No 112 Sqn at Bruggen.
31MAY57
  No 112 Sqn disbanded. Historian Peter Middlebrook (UK) speculates that XF311 probably never wore 112 Sqn markings as it was transferred from 130 Sqn to 112 Sqn to make up numbers after 130 Sqn disbanded. These movements were a result of the disbanding of the Germany fighter squadrons arising out of government policy that fighters were obsolete and would be replaced by missiles.
21JUN57
  Issued to No 5 Maintenance Unit at Kemble
30AUG62
  Transferred to non-effective stock at 5MU
A2566
   
30MAR63
  Issued to Royal Navy HMS Condor at Arbroath as Ground Instructional Airframe No A2566 with engine Number E4577. (Class 1 airframe - in flying condition with all mods incorporated. Engine run every two weeks and aircraft flown once a month).
18JUN63
  Transferred to the Admiralty as free issue.
27JUL67
  Downgraded to Class 2 (capable of being restored to flying condition although only minimal anti-corrosion maintenance carried out). Engine number E4578.
22AUG67
  Struck off charge by the Royal Navy
70
  Sold to Hawker Siddeley Aviation
SAF-TECH-11
   
31JAN70
  Sold to Singapore Air Force Technical College as SAF-TECH-11
17JAN89
  QAM resolved to purchase Meteor WA880, Hunter XF311 and Sea Vixen XJ490 from the Aik Hong Hardware Company of Singapore.
28MAR89
  Removed from Sentosa by QAM on barge "Tai Chen"
07JUN89
  Arrived at QAM Caloundra in 2 containers
XF311
   
APR92
  Repainted in RAF colours by Dieter and Manfred Hitchins
JAN02
 

The aircraft was inspected at Caloundra and found to carry the following "Build Numbers":

Nose Wheel Well HABL004088
Port Main Wheel Well HABL003072



 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
4
17OCT16
Added an image of the aircraft in the sunshine.
3
24AUG09
Added the date that QAM resolved to purchase the aircraft (17JAN89).
2
28JAN02
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