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ATAC Hunter F58 N337AX Crash - 20 Jun 2022

Old 20th Jun 2022, 22:28
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ATAC Hunter F58 N337AX Crash - 20 Jun 2022

https://t.co/yXX9hB4d2b. Looks like N344AX circled the crash site for some time and is now RTB. FLYTRON10 and CPS11 are also in the area as well. https://t.co/qWRlLJ85Il" / Twitter


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Old 20th Jun 2022, 23:49
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Message to GIANT KILLER confirming crash of ATAC Hunter F58 N337AX - pilot ejected - picked up by fishing vessel - believed to have a broken back.

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Old 21st Jun 2022, 00:23
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FAA statement said he was rescued by the coast guard

A single-engine Hawker crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles southeast of Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina around 5:15 p.m. local time today. Only the pilot was on board and was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates.

After investigators verify the aircraft registration number at the scene, the FAA will release it (usually on the next business day) on this web page. You can look up the aircraft by its registration number on this web page.



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Old 21st Jun 2022, 18:54
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the FAA will release it (usually on the next business day) on this web page
only if you’ve got FAA Prime, otherwise, it’s standard 3-5 day delivery.
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Old 22nd Jun 2022, 02:45
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Pleased to see that the pilot survived.
Sorry to hear about the back injury.
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Old 22nd Jun 2022, 11:23
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If they need to, how do they get the pilot out through that little yellow hole?
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Old 22nd Jun 2022, 13:40
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How many Hunters left? This is the second I'm aware of over the last few years.
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How many Hunters left? This is the second I'm aware of over the last few years.
I believe there are circa Qty 17 mk58s and Qty One T68 with ATAC on lease from Lortie after this recent loss.
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Old 22nd Jun 2022, 14:38
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Originally Posted by uxb99 View Post
How many Hunters left? This is the second I'm aware of over the last few years.
This is now the 5th Hunter ATAC have lost since 2012.

May 2012 - Crashed into sea off the coast of California
Oct 2014 - Crashed into sea off the coast of California
Aug 2017 - Crashed into sea off the coast of California
Dec 2018 - Crashed into sea of Sand Island, Honolulu

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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 08:24
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How is this happening? This has got to be one of the most reliable engines ever made.
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 08:52
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Not really; the Avon 200 series had problems all through its service life. I have vivid memories of watching my wingman eject from a Hunter 9 at Leconfield after his engine quit, from what turned out (much later) to have been a compressor blade fatigue failure.

As a fighter engine, the overhaul life was only 400 hours - only about half the engines reached that, many being pulled early - true, many as a result of FOD problems rather than intrinsic engine faults.
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 09:59
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How is this happening? This has got to be one of the most reliable engines ever made.
What makes you assume all these crashes are related to the engine?

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The Hunter loss in 2014 wasn't into the sea, its was on finals back to NAS Point Mugu airfield, and crashed into farmland.
The 2012 loss was similar, crashed on finals to NAS Point Mugu.
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 21:07
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Looks like the tanks are a bit longer than standard 230/100gals.
Still one of the best looking jets though..
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Old 23rd Jun 2022, 22:25
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Looks like the tanks are a bit longer than standard 230/100gals.
Still one of the best looking jets though..
Agree, a very graceful looking fast jet.
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Old 24th Jun 2022, 06:29
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The inboard tanks appear to be the standard 230-gall type. Outboards are certainly longer than the 100-gall, could be the 150-gallon developed for the Swiss AF.
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Originally Posted by kenparry View Post
Outboards are certainly longer than the 100-gall, could be the 150-gallon developed for the Swiss AF.
With whom the aircraft in question served originally.



Hawker Hunter F58 - Switzerland - Air Force | Aviation Photo #0941332 | Airliners.net
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Old 24th Jun 2022, 06:57
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There are a pair based in Japan N321 & N322 been there for a while working the US Navy(?)
seem to do some long transits to activity area over water from a base near Tokyo.

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Old 24th Jun 2022, 07:03
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Originally Posted by kenparry View Post
Not really; the Avon 200 series had problems all through its service life. I have vivid memories of watching my wingman eject from a Hunter 9 at Leconfield after his engine quit, from what turned out (much later) to have been a compressor blade fatigue failure.

As a fighter engine, the overhaul life was only 400 hours - only about half the engines reached that, many being pulled early - true, many as a result of FOD problems rather than intrinsic engine faults.
a certain "very senior airship" won an AFC for nursing a very sick Avon back to base in the sixties.
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Old 24th Jun 2022, 09:43
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Is the Hunter the only vintage Jet still in service?
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Is the Hunter the only vintage Jet still in service?
I think Martin Baker's Meteor(s?) are a good candidate for that.
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