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RAF Leuchars Hawker Hunter (RAF Blue Diamonds) - Edited



RAF Leuchars Photo: a fantastic RAF Leuchars Photograph Featuring Hawker Hunter (RAF Blue Diamonds) - Edited

Photograph Taken On Saturday, September 10, 2005


This beautiful Hawker Hunter took to the air and did a low pass along the length of the runway at Leuchars. This aircraft was part of the RAF's Blue Diamonds display team, which was operated by 92 Squadron between 1960 and 1962. This aircraft's registration was XL577. As far as I am aware, this aircraft has been sold into private ownership in Jordan - following the fatal accident at the Shoreham Airshow 2015 in which another Hawker Hunter failed to complete a maneuver and crashed onto a road, killing 11 people and injuring 15 others. This resulted in the CAA grounding all Hawker Hunter aircraft until further notice. Quite a few airworthy examples have been sold overseas to continue their airshow careers as a result. -- This photo was taken at the RAF Leuchars airshow in September 2005 using my last bridge camera, a Fuji FinePix S5500. This camera had a very small sensor, and really didn't cope well with poor weather environments. As such, basically every photo I took with it on that day was *extremely* grainy, so I've had to spend a long time trying to clean these up without losing too much image quality - with varying degrees of success. These aren't as clean as my more recent photos due to the quality of the equipment - but please try to enjoy them nonetheless. Hopefully we'll get out to the airshow at East Fortune Airfield this July and I'll get some better quality shots with my modern DSLR :)View image on Flickr

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