Lewis with Hunter 533 which, as XE614, was his personal
aircraft in Aden forty-five years ago. The aircraft has
been marked with Peter's call-sign PL in honour
of his visit to QAM.
Lewis in the cockpit of "Papa Lima"
15 November 2008, retired British pilot Peter Lewis made a sentimental
visit to the Queensland Air Museum to renew acquaintances with
Hunter 533 which he flew 45 years previously. Peter commanded
the RAF's 1417 Fighter Reconnaissance Flight in Aden in 1963-64.
With five aircraft and five pilots in the Flight, each pilot had
the luxury of his own "personal" mount. The Hunters were further
personalised with radio call-signs derived from the initials of
the pilots. Thus, Hunter FR Mark 10, RAF serial XE614, became
Peter's aeroplane with the call-sign "PL", or as Peter still calls
her affectionately, "Papa Lima". Peter's Hunter went on to serve
with the Republic of Singapore Air Force who renumbered the aeroplane
as "533". Hunter 533 was retired in 1989 and it was eventually
sold to businessman and philanthropist Greg Ackman who donated
the Hunter to QAM in 2006. Although the Hunter still carries its
Republic of Singapore Air Force markings, the call-sign "PL" was
reapplied to the aeroplane in honour of the visit to QAM by Peter
Lewis. After some time reminiscing alone in the cockpit, Peter
declared himself "a happy man".
History of Hunter "Papa Lima"
The Story of 1417 Flight in Aden