HUNTER
HUNTER

Manufacturer

HAWKER

Markings:

Swiss Air Force, 5th Fighter Squadron, 1994

Designation:

F-58

Registration:

N159AM

Serial Number:

J-4035

HAWKER F-58 HUNTER

Development of the Hunter began with the Royal Air Force's search for a replacement for the Meteor in 1947. The first prototype was ready in mid-1951. The initial versions of the Hunter suffered from numerous problems with their aerodynamics, range and weapons. However development continued and most of the problems were fixed in the Mark 4 and Mark 6 versions of the aircraft. Hunters served as the primary fighter for the Royal Air Force well into the 1960s while two-seat trainers and ground attack variants were used until the 1970s. The Hunter was also an extremely popular export fighter eventually serving with twenty-one air forces outside of England. The Hunter Mk. 58 is the export version of the Mk. 6 fighter built for Switzerland. The Swiss Air Force used the Hunter from 1958 to 1994.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 33 ft 8 in
  • Length: 45 ft 10 1/2 in
  • Height: 13ft 2 in
  • Weight: 17,750 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 715 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 51,500 ft
  • Range: 1,900 miles
  • Engines: Roll-Royce Avon 207 turbojet
  • Crew: 1