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PostPosted: Sat 06 May 2017 20:11 pm 
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Did the Hawker Hunter see combat against anyone in the sense of dogfights?

I am aware of RJAF actions in the various wars with Israel but were there any others in the hands of other users?

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PostPosted: Sat 06 May 2017 21:28 pm 
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During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Indian Air Force Hawker Hunters regularly dogfighted with Pakistan Air Force F-86 Sabres and F-104 Lockheed Starfighters.

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PostPosted: Sun 07 May 2017 00:53 am 
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Found this on WIKI;
"During the War of Attrition Iraqi Hunters usually operated from bases in Egypt and Syria. While flying a Hunter from Iraqi Airbase H3, Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam, on exchange from the Pakistan Air Force, shot down three Israeli jets including a Sud Aviation Vautour and a Mirage IIICJ."

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PostPosted: Sun 07 May 2017 00:55 am 
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Ta. Would a Hunter ever have lined up opposite an F5?

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PostPosted: Mon 08 May 2017 16:32 pm 
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As far as I'm aware never in actual combat although they may have faced of in simulated combat . There's people here which will know
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hawkerh ... =bookmarks

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PostPosted: Mon 08 May 2017 16:56 pm 
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From Wikipedia: "The Lebanese Air Forces have a long history operating Hawker Hunter jets since 1958. A Lebanese Hawker Hunter shot down an Israeli jet over Kfirmishki in the early 1960s and its pilot was captured by the Lebanese Armed Forces.[citation needed] One Lebanese Hawker Hunter was shot down on the first day of the Six-Day War by an Israeli Air Force Mirage IIICJ.[2] The Hawker Hunters have not flown any combat sorties since September 17, 1983. This was at a time when the French and Americans were rebuilding the Lebanese Army. Three F.Mk.70s were made airworthy, and resumed combat operations on September 15. Because the main airfield, Rayak Air Base, had been shelled by Syrian forces, the Hunters had to operate from an airfield in Byblos. The Hunters were finally grounded in 1994 after a minor accident with one of the T.66 trainers during landing and the remaining 8 were stored in Rayak. The last loss took place in 1989 near Batroun during routine training, when the undercarriage failed to lower, causing the jet to crash. The pilot ejected safely from the doomed aircraft and landed in the Mediterranean sea, where he was promptly rescued by the Syrian Army, which then handed him over to Suleiman Frangieh, who in turn handed him over to the Lebanese Army at the al-Madfoun crossing."

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The Rhodesian Air Force used them extensively in cross border raids into Mocambique.
Don't know of any air to air combat by the Rhodies.


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PostPosted: Sun 30 Jul 2017 13:14 pm 
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I was thinking in terms of a Series 1 opponent for a Hunter in a "Dogfight Double they should have done but didn't" type of project.

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