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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
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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.