XF321 – XG290
Delivery and assembly
January 2018 – November 2018
Still in Gareth
Loading in Burton-on-Kendal, UK
Delivery at Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch on 24 January 2018
The Weeze Municipal Builders Yard and a farmer with his Manitu were a great help.
Further help was provided by the Training Base and the men of the community.
The second lorry with the two cockpit sections is unloaded.
25 January 2018 –
Left wing is placed
in the cinema.
The model shows the planned colour scheme after assembly.
26 January 2018 – Cockpit XL578 is hoisted onto the stage of the Astra.
5 February 2018 - Cockpit XF321 is brought into the auditorium. Without the Training Base’s Manitu it would not have worked.
The middle part of the fuselage was transported into the cinema on the same day.
At the end of May the cockpit was connected to the middle part.
Only four large
the two parts.
The nose wheel is
to be fitted.
Landing gear mounted on right wing.
The right wing is turned over,
Landing gear down.
9 June 2018 – The nose wheel door is opened and the wheel put in place.
30 June 2018 –Although the left wing caused problems we managed to get it fitted by the middle of July.
16 August 2018 – We needed the hydraulic system to open the canopy.
18 August 2018 – Aircraft nose mounted.
Fitting the countless screws
was very time consuming.
18 August 2018 – Canopy secured,
aircraft nose fitted.
In preparation for the assembly of the tailsection and the
right wing the fuselage and the left wing was lowered to
its right height.
jobs that have to be
Parts in outdoor area
and on the stage of the Astra
12th Sept. 2018
Today, with the help of
young employee and the
Manitu forklift, we have
taken a big step forward.
The right wing and the
rear part of the fuselage
are now in place in the
First task was to transport the right wing into the cinema.
After we finished fitting
the wing, we tried to put
in the tail unit.
This didn't quite work as
we thought it would.
And it took a bit of time
to get it finished.
Transport into the Astra was a bit complicated.
The bulky part had to be turned several times before it would fit through the gate..
The tail was put on the mounting frame. It fitted so well that Rod started screwing it on right away.
The position of the right wing was optimized slightly to make the following assembly easier.
Final assembly status
on 12 September 2018
After all the work was done, the well deserved coffee
tasted good. Unfortunately not all are in the picture.
Next step: Yesterday – 22 September- the right
wing was positioned very near the fuselage. Only a
few centimeters are missing. .
During the week
some more panels
were mounted. Some
even had to be made as
they were missing.
29 September 2018
Today the right wing was mounted onto the
fuselage. All the bolts are fixed..
The team of technicians did a superb job.
Monday, 01. October 2018
Training Base helped with their Manitu to lift the
complete aircraft. That way all the pallets could be
Now the Hunter is standing on its own landing gear.
For safety's sake, light support is still necessary, as
the Hunter wanted to lift her nose slightly on the
sloping cinema floor.. ;)
Friday, 12 th October 2018
Martin Kunz starts with the preliminary work for
painting. He has covered everything around the Hunter
well. Against all expectations, sanding doesn't make as
much dust as expected. Well done ;)
Saturday, 13 October 2018
The devil is in the detail. This is proven with the
assembly of the jetpipe. There are two different ones.
The version with the brake parachute that actually
belongs to the T7 doesn't fit as the diameter seems not
to be right. So an F6 tail is mounted for test purposes.
Martin is still busy
Wacky is building a
stand for the
Discussing the situation with a cup of coffee
Press article in the Saturday
edition of the Rheinische Post
from 13 October
Tuesday morning 16 October 2018 Martin began filling holes and priming.
16 October 2018
In the late afternoon,
the priming work is
Some filled areas
have yet to be sanded
Saturday, 27 October 2018
In addition to the numerous
small jobs where the progress
is not so obvious, the fin was
mounted on Saturday.
As you can see, the rudder is
missing. So far it has not been
possible to find and buy a
Maybe we will have to “create"
3 November 2018
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Today the jet pipe containing the brake
parachute was mounted. Rod had to
mount the screws from the inside.
Some notes about the history of the Hawker Hunter at RAF Laarbruch Museum:
Hawker Hunter XF321 & XL578 & XG290
Our Hunter XL578 is a composite T7. The centre fuselage and wings
are from XL578 as is the cockpit on the Astra stage.
The fitted cockpit is from XF321 as it contained more instruments fitted
and ejector seats.
The rear fuselage section is modified from XG290, a Hunter F6, as the
correct one was used to restore XL586 now in a scrap yard at
Wickford, Essex. XG290 cockpit is on display at Boscombe Down.
The final tail section is correct for a T7.
A number of smaller panels are from XL602 a T7M.
Hawker Hunter T7 XF321 of Nos 8 and 43 Sqns at Aden - 1965 to 67
Construction Number central fuselage (C/N):
Delivered 27 February 1956 and served with Nos 130 Sqn, 56 Sqn
and No 5 MU.
Returned to Hawker in 1958 and converted to a 2 seater Mk7 in 1959,
the Hawker Hunter XF321 then saw service with Nos 43 and 8 Sqns,
and No 1417 Flt at RAF Khormaksar; Aden.
To RAE Farnborough in 1976. Suffered an inadvertent wheels up
landing at RAE Bedford in 1984 and sustained Cat.4 (repairable)
damage. It was not repaired but written off 27 July 1984.
To the Royal Naval Engineering College at Manadon as Naval
Instructional Airframe A2734.
XF321 of 1417 Flight Trainers Squadron at RAF Khormaksar c.1966
Auctioned by Phillipps in 1997, stored at Exeter “Hunter Flying Club”
for spares 11.1998. Delivered by road to Phoenix Aviation at
Bruntingthorpe on 28 May 2004. By October 2005 XF321 had been
broken up into two pieces: The cockpit section was moved to
XF321 operated by Royal Aircraft Establishment at
Greenham Common - June 1981
Hawker Hunter T7 XL578 at 5MU at RAF Kemble - 1982
Construction Number (C/N) central fuselage: 41H-693728
Construction Number (C/N) forward fuselage: HABL003316
XL578 tail number 77 at RAF Brawdy - 1984
First flight 27 May 1958 - date of delivery 15 July 1958
No 229 OCU, Chivenor „ES-89“ marked as No 145 (Res.) Sqn
Brawdy, 11-76 TWU, No 1 TWU St. Athan, Cranfield
Bruntingthorpe, Norwich “77”, stored 2002
Used for spares by Delta Jets at Kemble then dumped on the
fire dump. Rescued and moved to Wickenby then to a private
owner at Kirkstead before being sold to Burton-on-Kendal.
The original rear fuselage was used to restore XL586
then for sale in Wickford, Essex.
The rear fuselage section on this Hunter is from XG290, a
Hunter F6 (cockpit on display Boscombe Down)
The final tail section is correct for a T7.
Hunters at RAF Brawdy with XL578 tail number 77 in foreground – 1980s
Hawker Hunter T7 XL586 with the back of XL578 at Kemble Airshow 2008
Note: no ejector seats in cockpit
Hawker Hunter T7 XL578 languishing at Kemble Airfield - 2006
Hawker Hunter T7 XL578 at Kirkstead – October 2012
Wingspan: 10.26 m
Height: 4.01 m
Empty weight: 6.405 kg
Loaded weight: 8.050 kg
1 × Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet, 10,145 lbf (45.13 kN)
Maximum speed: Mach 0.94, 620 kn (715 mph, 1,150 km/h) at sea level
Combat range: 385 nmi (445 mi, 715 km)
Ferry range: 1,650 nmi (1,900 mi, 3,060 km) with external fuel
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
That’s what the Hunter is supposed to look like. Wait and see in spring 2019.