Length: 45 ft 11 in (14.00 m)
Wingspan: 33 ft 8 in (10.26 m)
Height: 13 ft 2 in (4.01 m)
Wing area: 349 ft² (32.42 m²)
Empty weight: 14,122 lb (6,405 kg)
Loaded weight: 17,750 lb (8,050 kg)
Max. takeoff weight: 24,600 lb (11,158 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Rolls Royce Avon 203, developing 10,000 lbs maximum thrust
Maximum speed: Mach 0.94, 620 kn (715 mph, 1,150 km/h) at sea level
Combat range: 385 nmi (445 mi, 715 km)
Range: 1,650 nmi(1,900 mi, 3,060 km)with external fuel
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)
Rate of climb: 17,200 ft/min (87.4 m/s)
Wing loading: 51.6 lb/ft² (251.9 kg/m²)
Guns: 4× 30 mm (1.18 in) ADEN revolver cannons in a removable gun pack with 150 rpg
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Hawker Hunter XG194 was delivered to the RAF on October 3rd 1956. Flown by Air Commodore Roger Topp, C.O. of 111 Sqn, she was the lead aircraft in the world famous Black Arrows Display Team when they performed a 22 aircraft loop at Farnborough Air show in July 1958.
Wattisham Airfield Museum has named her ‘Blackjack’ in honour of Air Commodore Topp as Blackjack Red One was his call sign whilst performing this record breaking manoeuvre.
When the aircraft was finally grounded it was modified to resemble a Russian Mig, and put on the edge of RAF North Luffenham runway, now St. George’s Barracks, as a Cold War target.
This aircraft is an important part of Wattsham’s history, and so the Museum members are hoping to restore the Hunter to its former glory with the Black Arrows colour scheme.