List of Hawker Hunter operators

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The following is a list of units that have used the Hawker Hunter fighter aircraft.

Operators[edit]

 Abu Dhabi /  United Arab Emirates[edit]

  • Abu Dhabi Defence Force Air Wing
United Arab Emirates Air Force

 Belgium[edit]

Belgian Air Force
(112 x F.4, 144 x F.6)

 Chile[edit]

Chilean Air Force
Hawker Hunter FGA9 Chilean Air Force

 Denmark[edit]

Danish Hawker Hunter F.Mk.51
Royal Danish Air Force

 Iraq[edit]

Iraqi Air Force

 India[edit]

Indian Air Force

 Jordan[edit]

Hunter F.73 of the Royal Jordanian Air Force in 1971
Royal Jordanian Air Force

 Kenya[edit]

Kenyan Air Force

 Kuwait[edit]

Kuwait Air Force 4 x FGA.57 and 5 x T.67

As part of a defence agreement between the United Kingdom and Kuwait four FGA Mk 57 single-seaters (converted from former Belgian Mark 6 aircraft) and five T Mk 67 twin-seat trainers (converted from former British, Belgian and Dutch single-seat aircraft were sold to Kuwait. The single-seaters were delivered between 1965 and 1966 and the two-seaters in two batches, two in 1965 and thee in 1969. The single-seat aircraft were withdrawn in 1976 when they were replaced by the A-4 Skyhawk but the two-seat Hunters carried on in a training role.

 Lebanon[edit]

Lebanese Air Force

Lebanon received 19 aircraft (12 from UK, 7 from Belgium). One was lost in the Six-Day War, 8 remaining are a mix of FGA.70, FGA.6 and T.66C. Three were sold as spare parts. The Last 4 active Hunters were withdrawn from service by the end of 2014.

 Netherlands[edit]

A Hunter F.6A of the Dutch Hawker Hunter Foundation painted to represent a Royal Netherlands Air Force aircraft in 2009
Royal Netherlands Air Force
  • 322 Squadron
  • 323 Squadron
  • 324 Squadron
  • 325 Squadron
  • 326 Squadron
  • 327 Squadron

 Oman[edit]

Royal Air Force of Oman

 Peru[edit]

The Peruvian Air Force received 16 Hunter F.52 in 1956 and one Hunter T.62 in 1960. They equipped the 12th Fighter Group based in Talara, near the border with Ecuador. The last Peruvian Hunters were withdrawn from service in 1980.[1]

Peruvian Air Force

 Qatar[edit]

Qatar Emiri Air Force

 Rhodesia[edit]

Royal Rhodesian Air Force
  • No. 1 Squadron

 Saudi Arabia[edit]

Royal Saudi Air Force 4 x F.60 and 2 x T.7

As part of the Magic Carpet arms deal between the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, four single-seat Hunter F.6s and two Hunter T.7s were ordered from Hawker in 1966. The aircraft were delivered to No. 6 Squadron at Khamis Mushayt Airbase in May 1966. Although the Hunters were operational following attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Egyptian Air Force they were not a success as interceptors as they lacked any ground control but were used for ground attack. One single-seat aircraft was lost in 1967 and the remaining aircraft were presented to Jordan in 1968.

  • 6 Squadron RSAF

 Singapore[edit]

Hawker Hunter F.74S Singapore Paya Lebar Air Base
Republic of Singapore Air Force

Ordered in 1968 with delivery starting in 1971 and completed in 1973, the RSAF operated a total of 46 Hunters (12× FGA.74s, 26× FR.74A/Bs and 8× T.75/As, excluding one T.75A which was lost in accident before delivery) from 1971 to 1992.[2] Only 4 were preserved as museum exhibits while the remaining 21 airworthy airframes were sold to an Australian Warbird broker, Pacific Hunter Aviation Pty, in 1995.[3]

 Somalia[edit]

Somali Air Corps

All destroyed or abandoned during the Somali Civil War.

 Sweden[edit]

Swedish Airforce J34 Hunter, 1955
Royal Swedish Air Force

  Switzerland[edit]

Swiss Hawker Hunter Mk58 on display
Swiss Air Force

 United Kingdom[edit]

Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment
Empire Test Pilots' School
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy - Fleet Air Arm

 Zimbabwe[edit]

Air Force of Zimbabwe
  • No. 1 Squadron

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Andrade, Latin-American Military Aviation, (Leicester: Midland Counties Publications, 1982), p. 239.
  2. ^ Peter, Atkins (November 1994). "Singapore or Bust". Air Forces Monthly. Key Publishing Ltd (67). ISSN 0955-7091. 
  3. ^ "HUNTERS FOR SALE". Pacific Hunter Aviation. Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.