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Newsletter 20
Spring 2008
Updated on 22May2008
Contents
Editorial
AIAA Honours Dunsfold
Annual General Meeting
Book Review
Doctorate for John Farley
Dunsfold and Brookland Events
Eggheads
First Hunter
Flying Hawker Aircraft
Future of Naval Aviation
Hawk News
John Dale
Joint Strike Fighter News
Members
Museum for Dunsfold
Program
Remembering the P.1083
Sea Harrier News
V/Stol Award for Ralph Hooper

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Hawk News
 
    On 28 January the first Hawk to fly out from Brough's recommissioned runway was Company Demonstrator ZJ951 which had been at Brough for a systems upgrade bringing it up to a standard similar to the new generation RAF Hawk Mk128s. The following week Indian Hawk Mk132 HT022 became the first Brough built Hawk to fly from the site.
    The first five Indian Air Force Hawk Mk132 aircraft entered service at Bidar AFS on 23 February. Training operations are to start in July. It is reported that India plans to order an additional 40 aircraft bringing their total buy to 106.
Sea Harrier News

    Sea Harrier FA2 XZ457, following a three-year restoration at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, has been transferred to Yeovilton for static display.
    First flying in December 1979 FRSMk1 XZ457 served with 800 Squadron in HMS Hermes and was the top scoring 'Shar' in the Falklands campaign, Lt CRW Morrell shooting down two A-4Qs and Lt Cdr AD Auld two Daggers. It was converted to FA2 standard in 1993 but caught fire in October 1995.
    Sea Harrier FA2, ZA195, the first development aircraft, previously on display at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, has been moved to the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. First flying as an FRSMk1 in September 1982 it served with 899 Squadron before returning to Dunsfold for conversion.
    The Indian Navy is buying four surplus Sea Harrier airframes to use as spares sources.