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Revamp for jet aircraft at Yorkshire Air Museum
ONE of the jewels of the Yorkshire Air Museum’s collection is being freshened up with a lick of paint.
The Hawker Hunter T.7 – a subsonic British jet aircraft developed in the 1950s – is undergoing its second repaint since arriving at the museum nearly 20 years ago.
It is being repainted in the colour scheme of the lead aircraft of the Blue Diamonds formation team, the forerunner of the Red Arrows.
Visitors to the Elvington attraction will be able to see the expert efforts of museum member Andre Tempest, who has been contracted to carry out the work, at the Allied Airforces Memorial Day on September 1.
The revamped aircraft will be unveiled at the event due to be attended by the new chief of the RAF, Sir Andrew Pulford, and representatives from France, Canada and the USA.
Ian Reed, museum director, said: “The aircraft is going to look brilliant following its revamp. It’s very special because it’s locally based and is such a beautiul aircraft.”
He said some of the 50 planes at the museum needed repainting as they can deteriorate from being kept outside due to a lack of hangar space – something the charity-funded museum is keen to address.
It is hoped that after the repaint, the Hawker Hunter T.7 will be re-engined.
The Blue Diamonds were based in Yorkshire during the 1960s at RAF Leconfield.
All Buccaneer pilots underwent training on the Hunter T.7, with one set of pilot’s instruments being replaced with the Buccaneer instrumentation, the compatibility happening as manufacturers Hawker Siddley took over the Blackburn Aircraft Company during the Buccaneer development.
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