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Survivor XF509

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XF509 - Fort Paull Museum, Paull, East Yorkshire

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Hunter F.6 XF509 at Fort Paul, Paull, October 11th 2009; Graham Buckle

XF509 had a varied life, beginning with 54 Squadron in 1957 and moving on through the AFDS, RAE Bedford, some time with BAC at Filton (chase aircraft for the BAC 221 project) and finally 4 FTS at RAF Valley, ending its days as a gate guard at RAF Chivenor. On the station's closure, Humbrol (owners of Airfix) bought themselves this big kit and stuck it on a pole outside their plant in Hull; the amount of work necessary being considerably less than normal as the aircraft had been placed in similar position at Chivenor after a full restoration in 1990. Sadly with the collapse of Humbrol and the closure of the factory, the aircraft was left to rot for many months. The receivers viewed it as an asset, when in fact it was worth very little, and it was vandalised (the factory suffered two attempts at burning it down too). Thankfully the museum at Fort Paull took finally got hold of her and she is now being looked after again as you can see.

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