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Hawker Hunter F.3 WB188 by Colin Smedley

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The unique afterburner equipped blood red Hunter F.3 WB188 in which Sqn Ldr Neville Duke gained the World’s Air Speed Record at 727.63 mph in 1953. It is pictured at RAF St Athan.

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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertalmost 2 years ago

    So it’s RED then! What a colour.

  • Hot stuff Nigel!

    – Colin Smedley

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 2 years ago

    Nice aeroplane the Hunter. Great to fly (apparently, so I was told). – Ted

  • In my eyes Ted, this particular Hunter is the most beautiful jet aeroplane ever built.

    – Colin Smedley

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.4 months ago

    Excellent capture Colin of a real piece of History.

  • Thanks Mike! I am told that this aircraft inspired the colour scheme for the Red Arrows.

    – Colin Smedley

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