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Hunter
The Hawker Hunter is a subsonic British jet  aircraft developed in the 1950s. The single- seat Hunter entered service as a  manoeuvrable fighter aircraft, as  deployment accelerated the aircraft  replaced the Sabres, Vampires and  Venoms of Fighter Command and RAF  Germany. No less than 19 squadrons  operated the Hunter in 1957, by which time  the F.6 was beginning to replace the F.4  and F.5. variants. As more advanced fighters entered service  such as the American's F-100 the Hunter  became outperformed in many ways, so its  day as an fighter/interceptor were  numbered. The Hunter settled in for the  next five years as the RAF's foremost air  defence and ground attack aircraft, by 1963 the fully supersonic missile-armed  Lightning was entering service and the  Hunter's RAF day fighter role was at an  end. From now on the Hunter's job would  primarily be that of ground attack, and the  next variant was accordingly the FGA.9.  The FGA.9 entered service with 8  Squadron in January 1960 and soon  equipped a number of squadrons. In Aden  in May 1964, Hunter FGA.9s and 10s of 43  Squadron RAF and 8 Squadron  RAF  were   
Hawker Hunter
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used during the Radfan campaign  against insurgents attempting to  overthrow the Federation of South  Arabia. SAS forces would routinely call  in air strikes that required considerable  precision, and, predominantly using 3-  inch high explosive rockets and 30 mm  ADEN cannon, the Hunter proved itself  to be an able ground-attack platform.[ In 1968 it was the RAF's 50th birthday,  yet the top brass did not see fit to mark  this with any flypast. Many RAF  personnel were less than impressed  and one Flt Lt Alan Pollock of 1(F)  Squadron decided to mark the  occasion in style - first with toilet-roll  bombing missions against rival  squadrons, and then on April 5th, he  flew his Hunter over London and at the  last second decided to fly under the top span of Tower Bridge. Knowing of the  consequences of his unauthorised trip,  he proceeded to ‘buzz’ several airfields  in inverted flight at an altitude of 200  feet. Needless to say it marked the end  of his RAF career. No less than 19 countries operated the  Hunter and many privately owned  Hunters can still be seen flying today.  
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