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Hunter on the prowl

Being a kid growing up during the 80's era of the cold war, the British military aircraft buzzing around were numerous and very varied in type compared to today. Living nearby RNAS Yeovilton's local airspace, there were daily flypasts of Sea Harriers, Canberras and Hunters. So many Hunters that my friends and I would remark "Oh, its just another Hunter," little realising that such a sight would be a rare thing in the 21st century.

And so this quick little painting was a simple study to capture the clean lines and beauty of this classic fighter. Hawker Hunter '838' WT806 served with the FRADU at RNAS Yeovilton. FRADU provided training for the Royal Navy by conducting simulated attacks on Royal Navy ships. Here it is 'tagging' a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Andromeda - my cousin served onboard during the Falklands/Malvinas war.


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