HAWKER HUNTER FGA MK 74BS 533
MSN 41H679972

 

 

QAM thanks Greg Ackman for this aircraft which was donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program.

 


XE614
   
03MAR56
  First flown as F.Mk.6 XE614
OCT57
  Issued to No 263 Sqn at RAF Wattisham
JUL58
  No 263 Sqn disbanded at RAF Stradishall
JUN60
  Rebuilt as FR.Mk.10
MAR63
  1417 Flight was formed at RAF Khormaksar, Aden to provide a photo reconnaissance capability for No 8 Squadron RAF which operated the Hunter FGA Mk 9 as part of the Aden Strike Wing. 1417 Flight took over the five Hunter FR Mk 10 (including XE614) which were previously assigned to 8 Sqn. The first Commanding Officer of 1417 Flight was Peter Lewis whose personal aircraft, XE614, carried his initials PL on the tail and nosewheel door. Peter Lewis' account of his time in Aden can be read here.
APR63
  By the end of April 1963, 1417 Flight was ready for operations. (Source: Peter Lewis)
22APR64
  Flight Lieutenant George Cole joined 1417 Flight at RAF Khormaksar, Aden where he was allotted Hunter XE614. Hunters of 1417 Flight carried their pilot's initials as codes so XE614 was painted as GC. "1417 Flight was a very small flight with five aircraft and six pilots and a very popular posting as 90% of the flying was at low level, very low level. I had also managed to arrive on the flight at the time the Radfan campaign started, so the flying tended to be varied and interesting. Only pilots from 1417 Flight were cleared to fly as singletons upcountry." (Source: George Cole)
19MAY64
  George Cole's first flight in XE614. (Source: George Cole)
26OCT64
  George Cole in XE614 was escorting another Hunter returning to Muharaq via Masirah. Climbing out from Masirah after refuelling, the engine of XE614 surged and flamed-out. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and the subsequent dead-stick landing back at Masirah was not a problem. The whole flight had lasted only 20 minutes. George Cole returned to Khormaksar on an Argosy of No 105 Sqn and thus never learned the reason for the flame-out. XE614 remained at Masirah where the engine was changed. (Source: George Cole)
25JAN66
  George Cole's last flight in XE614. It is believed that XE614 returned to the U.K. for servicing shortly thereafter. (Source: George Cole) (See next entry)
66
  XE614 was photographed still in service with 1417 Flight assigned to Flt Lt Richard Johns and carrying his initials RJ.
68
  The Republic of Singapore ordered 12 FGA Mk.74 fighter-bombers and 4 FR Mk.74A reconnaissance fighters. All were refurbished ex RAF FGA Mk.9s.
71
  1417 Flight disbanded
533
   
JUN71
  Refurbished as FR Mk.74A and delivered to Singapore's Air Defence Command (later RSAF) with serial number 533
73
  Modified to FR.Mk.74B
09MAR83
  Photographed at RAAF Williamtown
SEP87
  Modified to FGA Mk.74BS
JUN89
  Last flight with RSAF. Total Time 4736:6 hours. Fatigue Life 63.98%
95
  Sold to Geoff Moesker
05APR05
  Sold to Greg Ackman
14DEC05
  Arrived at Caloundra by road from Tocumwal
03FEB06
  Reassembled at Caloundra
01JUN06
  Donated to QAM by Greg Ackman

 

1417 Reconnaissance Flight in Aden 1963/64 by Peter Lewis


For more information on Hunters in the Middle East during the sixties,
please visit Ray Deacon's comprehensive website:

Radfan Hunters

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 



 


ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
11
17OCT16
Added an image of the aircraft in the sunshine.
10
07FEB14
Added a close-up image of the squadron markings on XE614 at Aden in 1963. Thanks to Peter Lewis.
9
31AUG09
Ray Deacon has supplied an image of XE614 in service with 1417 Flight in Aden in 1966. The photo was taken from an accompanying Hunter flown by Flt Lt Ken Simpson.
8
06APR09
Peter Lewis has rediscovered an image of XE614/PL taking-off at Aden in 1964. Thank you Peter.
7
04APR09
Added three images of XE614 in Aden thanks to Ray Deacon who was there. Also added an image of the Hunter pilots from 1417 Flight thanks to Peter Lewis who was also there.
6
18NOV08
Added two images of a recent visit to QAM by Peter Lewis who flew this Hunter in Aden in 1963-64.
5
24JUN08
Added an in-depth account of 1417 Flight in Aden written by Peter Lewis who was the Flight's first CO.
4
01SEP06
Added considerable detail of the aircraft's time with No 1417 Flight. Thanks to George Cole.
3
12JUL06
Added reference to presence at RAAF Williamtown in 1983.
2
16FEB06
Added arrival and reassembly dates at Caloundra.
1
18OCT05
Original issue.