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Survivor XE624

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XE624 - Privately owned (stored, dismantled), Wickenby Airfield, Lincolnshire

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Hunter FGA.9 XE624 at Metheringham, 6th May 2008; author

Originally built as an F.6 and serving with 263 Squadron, XE624 was converted to FGA.9 standard and re-issued, this time to 1 Squadron. After a brief period with 54 Squadron it then joined 229 OCU/79 Squadron. A few years later she ended her active life with 234 Squadron and was placed into storage. RAF Brawdy at the time had an F.51 on the gate, and the decision was taken to replace it with a 'real' RAF Hunter, so XE624 took the F.51's place and had been there since 1985. In April 2002, though, she was acquired by Phoenix Aviation of Bruntingthorpe and moved there, being sold in early 2005 to new owner Steve Petch. Steve informed that the cockpit was in superb condition, and the canopy has even avoided the usual fate of becoming cloudy. In January 2008 Steve moved her to the Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre but being a good 45 minutes from his home he found it increasingly difficult to continue working on her and when the current owner made him an offer, he sold her on. I have not heard of any work being undertaken on her since arrival at Wickenby - updates welcome!

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