The Hawker Hunter was initially designed as a short-range day interceptor and the prototype flew on 20 June 1951. The Hunter FGA.78 was a single-seat ground attack fighter, armed with four 30mm cannon, plus bombs or rockets. It was powered by a Rolls-Royce Avon 207 turbojet, delivering 10,050 lb thrust. Rate of climb was 17,200 feet per minute and its ceiling was 53,400 feet. Maximum speed was 710 mph at sea level.
The Museum’s aircraft was originally a Mk 6, before conversion to an FGA.78. It was with the Qatar Air Force for ten years, coming to the Museum in 1992. It is being repainted into original Qatar Air Force colours.