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Survivor 'J-4015' (HB-RVS, really ex J-4040)

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J-4015 - Hunter Verein Obersimmental (flyer), St. Stephan, Switzerland

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Hunter F.58 J-4015 at Mollis, 12th August 2006; author

J-4040 was built as an F.58 at Dunsfold and delivered to the Swiss Air Force in May 1959. She served with Fliegerstaffels 15 and 20 and was retired in 1993. She resumed flying in 2001 after some years of storage. The dramatic paint scheme of white with black newspaper lettering is similar to a memorable scheme worn by the real J-4015 and carries the names of various 15 Squadron personnel on her topsides. She was given the symbolic serial J-4015 to mark the disbandment of 15 Squadron. She visited the UK in 2001, appearing at the Hunter 50th Anniversary airshow at Kemble and also at RIAT, but soon after was grounded for a couple of years while a major rebuild took place. She flew again in 2004 and is seen here landing after displaying at Mollis during the International Hunter Meet 06.

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