Platinum Fighter Sales are open to offers for “Miss Demeanour” the colourful Hawker Hunter F Mk 58 G-PSST / J-4101 which is up for sale .The Iconic cold war jet fighter which has been flown Jonathan Whaley for the past fifteen years on the air show circuit in the UK, Europe and Abu Dhabi.
Jonathan has said that the aircraft has been self financing with its air show appearance covering her operating costs and he has been operated her away from base with without the need of engineering support.
The fully serviceable aircraft is currently being offered for sale having flown 1,927 hours and Jonathan said if she is flown at the same tempo a further twenty years life left on the airframe. Jonathan went on to say that todays display flying is at a much more sedate, than her time with the RAF and the Swiss Air Force when she was tasked with operational flying, the average transit flight today is around 25-45 minutes. Exeter to Edinburgh takes about 45 minutes and St. Athan to Blackpool is just 22 minutes with a display lasting just twelve minutes. So today the aircraft has not been logging a high number of hours but has been logging a larger number of shorter flights.
She was originally built for the RAF as a Hunter F Mk 4 XF 947 in 1956, at Squires Gate in Blackpool, initially being delivered to RAF Kemble before being issued to No 3 Squadron at RAF Geilenkichen in Germany, before coming back to the UK to become part of 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor, after operational flying she was the transferred to the Fleet Air Arm at Arbroath for use as a Ground Instructional Air Frame before being purchased by Hawker Siddley for re working and on ward sale to the Swiss Air Force as A Hawker Hunter F MK 58A in February 1972 where she was flown as a Target Tug.
Retired from the Swiss Air Force she was flown back to Dunsfold in 1996 and was acquired by Jonathan Whaley she was refurbished and appeared with her distinctive livery in January 1999, since when she has been an integral part of the British Air Show Circuit. Initially she was flown from Bournemouth up until 2004 when she was relocated to Exeter and then in 2012 she relocated to St Athan making up residence in the hangars occupied by Britten Norman.
Miss Demeanours’ current Rolls Royce Avon 207 is nearing the end of its life and she will come with a new zero houred engine,the existing could then be refurbished as a spare. Hunter is being sold with a UK permit to fly and cockpit has been fitted with a Garmin G500 GPS and the aircraft has been fitted with an onboard electric start included in the sale is the airframe and engine from ex Swiss Air Force Hunter Mk 58 J4083 (S/N 41H-697450), which according to Platinum Fighter who are selling Miss Demeanour is “not suitable for restoration to a flying state without considerable work, which will include getting the airframe details from the Swiss Air Force as there are no log books available”