XF321 – XG290

Delivery and assembly

January 2018 – November 2018

Still in Gareth

Brown‘s garden

in Burton-on-

Kendal, UK

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.

Cockpitsection XL578

Cockpitsection XF321

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

screws connect

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.

time-consuming „little“

jobs that have to be


Parts in outdoor area

and on the stage of the Astra

awaiting assembly

12th Sept. 2018

Today, with the help of

Hubert Bossmann's

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

landing gear.

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

(almost) finished.

Some filled areas

have yet to be sanded

and painted.

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

suitable one.

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

Coltishall, Norfolk.

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


Length: 14.0m

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)


November 2018

That’s what the Hunter is supposed to look like. Wait and see in spring 2019.

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