Hawker Hunter T8C for sale

Hawker Hunter T. Mk8C ZU-ATH

We are delighted to be acting on behalf of Thunder City Aircraft Company (Pty) Limited in the sale of their fleet of Hunters, Buccaneers and Lightnings.

ZU-ATH is one of four Hunters we have listed and is a two-seat T. Mk8C version of this famous Cold War fighter.


Aircraft Type: Hunter T. Mk8C

Registration: ZU-ATH

Service Registration: XL598



This aircraft was one of ten Mk.7’s transferred to Royal Navy contract, while on the HAL production line at Kingston and completed to Mk.8 specifications. An arrester hook was added for short field landings. First flown on 15 October 1958, it was operated by the Royal Navy and saw services with the major training establishments, 738 and 764 Squadrons. The aircraft was flown to Exeter airport for preparation and the onward ferry flight to Cape Town, arriving in April 1995


Aircraft Build Standard


The Hawker Hunter T8C is the Naval version (with arrester hook) of the RAF's T7 which is capable of carrying 4 drop tanks. It is a two seat side-by-side trainer/operational version of the single seat fighter monoplane powered by a Rolls Royce Mk 12201 turbine engine. This aircraft was built as a T8C under contract number 6/ACFT/12626/CB9(c) and the constructors number given above is that of the fuselage. Copies of the Hawker Aviation Ltd records define this build standard together with modification statement and statement of compliance with Special Technical Instructions current at the time. A detailed description of the aircraft may be obtained by reference to the publications listed in section 6 below.


Approval Basis


The original basis of Service acceptance is AvP-970, the type record exists and British Aerospace Farnborough is still responsible for the design. CAA approval is based on the satisfactory service history of the type and the approved maintenance schedules.


Technical information


Armament originally consisted of one 30 mm Aden cannon in the lower forward fuselage but this has been deleted and replaced with appropriate ballast. All historical documentation is available. An electrically actuated follow-up tailplane provides longitudinal trim and a back-up actuator is incorporated. The ailerons and elevators are hydraulically boosted with manual reversion (automatic as hydraulic pressure becomes low). Undercarriage incorporates Maxaret anti-lock units and in the event of hydraulic system failure air bottles provide undercarriage blow-down and operation of flaps and wheel brakes.


Modification State


The aircraft has been modified to the latest modification state as required for airworthiness. All Mandatory modifications have been complied with. All relevant SI's and STI's have been complied with, including special NDT requirements.


Fatigue State


A Mk14 Fatigue Meter has been fitted to the aircraft for its entire life (the current meter is serial number 3274-M-67 and the operational life consumed has been accounted for in accordance with AP101B-1302-1 Section 2 Chapter 3.)


At aircraft hours 8517.1 hours the FI was:


Part                               Serial No.         FI                      FI        FI

Limit   Remaining


Centre Fuselage          41H-695320    43.481766       100      56.158234

Port Mainplane            41H-692311    66.915134       111      44.084866

Stbd mainplane           41H-xxxxxx      tbc                    111     




The installed Rolls Royce Avon Mk 12201 engine Serial Number 7392/A654159 was reconditioned by Rolls Royce, East Kilbride on 28th October 1992. It was installed into this aircraft on 14th January 1993 at 7973.55 hours. The reconditioning life is 900 hours with a 'Hot Section' due at 450 hours, time since overhaul. The time remaining to this 'Hot Section' is 358.15 hours. The engine is to the latest mod state and has a new LP disc and blades. (see Rolls Royce print-out of Group A parts) Engine cycle usage rate (including ground running carried out in lieu of corrosion inhibiting) is to be accounted in accordance with Rolls Royce Manual viz. 4.0 cycles equivalent to 1 flight hour.


A triple breech cartridge starter is fitted. Fire warning and extinguisher systems are provided and operational. The oil supply system limits negative 'g' to 10 seconds operation only.


Ejection Seats


The two Martin-Baker type 4HA(N) Mk 1 seats serial No's R76 and R81 have been serviced in accordance with AP109B-0131-12. The parachutes and survival packs have also been serviced in accordance with the relevant Air Publications.


Drop Tanks


The aircraft is cleared to carry 2 x 230 gallon drop tanks on the inboard pylons only provided no more than 4 g was applied with fuel in the tanks or 5 g with tanks empty.


Weight and Balance


The aircrafts weight is 13,347 lbs. The CG is at 0.45 in aft.


Electrical System


In the event of generator failure, a dolls eye provides warning that battery power is being consumed. A load analysis confirms that battery duration is adequate for 30 mins flight (in accordance with Airworthiness Notice 88) in this event and load shedding procedures are contained in the applicants supplement to the Aircrew Manual.




The following military radio equipment has been retained:


No off              Function          Manufacturer             Type              

1                      VHF Comm     Marconi                       AD120           

1                      UHF                 Marconi                       PTR 1751                   

1                      Transponder   Cossor                         SSR1520        


Operational Aspects


The Aircrew Manual states that the negative 'g' fuel traps provide capacity for "approximately 10 seconds" of negative 'g' flight.


The brake parachute is not to be relied upon in order to enable planned landing at a field shorter than that which would be required without this parachute. The brake parachute is to be employed only to save wear on the undercarriage, tyres and brakes. The Mk 5D gaseous oxygen system is fully operational, as is the oxygen system on each ejector seat, and altitude will thus be limited by radio fit for compliance with the Air Navigation Order. The cabin pressurisation and anti-g systems are operational, as is windscreen de-icing.


Although not a formal limitation the MoD documentation covering release to service cautions that engine response will be degraded if rpm is allowed to fall below 4500 on approach.




A complete set of manuals AP101B-1309 (previously referenced AP 4347) including Bay Servicing requirements and the following is available:

  • AP101B-1305 and 6-15 Aircrew Manual

  • AP101B-1311-14 Flight Reference Cards

  • AP101B-1302-1 Hunter Aircraft Servicing Manual

  • AP 100E-01B Avon Mk 122 Engine Maintenance Manual


Noise certification


A noise certificate is not required for this aircraft as it operates on a Permit to Fly.


Limitations and concessions


Airframe and Engine limitations are given in AP 101B-1305 and 6-15 Aircrew Manual, except that those below are to be employed where they are different (* - to be placarded or otherwise marked on gauges):


Aerobatics are permitted in accordance with the Pilots Notes, but flick maneuvers and intentional stalling and spinning are prohibited.


Load factor: Clean                                          +7/-3.75 g

Empty 230 gallon drop tanks fitted                +5/-3.75 g

With fuel in 230 gallon drop tanks                 +4/-3.75 g

Negative g is limited to 10 seconds duration only.


C of G to be between 1.0 inches forward of datum and 14.5 inches aft of datum. Datum is marked by a spigot in the main undercarriage bay.


Weights: Maximum take-off 25000 lb

Normal landing 18500 lb

Emergency landing weight 23400 lb


Airspeed limitations (see AP101B-1305 and 6-15) summary follows:

  • Max speed clean or 100 gall tanks inboard only 620 knots (no Mach limit)

  • Max speed, manual controls below 15000 ft 0.75 Mach (0.85M above 15000 ft)

  • Undercarriage operation/deployed 250 knots

  • Flaps 0° to 38° 300 knots (or 0.9M - lesser)

  • >38° and fully down 250 knots

  • Max crosswind (dry runway) 25 kts (20 kts wet runway)


Engine limitations (see AP101B-1305 and 6-15) summary follows:


Rating                         % RPM          JPT(°C)          Duration

Take-off                      96-97.5           690                  10 mins

Intermediate              95.5                 655                  30 mins

Max continuous         92.5                 625                  -

Ground Idling             35-37               525                  -

Recommend 4500 rpm minimum on approach.


Day VMC only.


No smoking.


Reliance is not to be placed on the brake parachute when planning a landing. It is not to be streamed before touchdown and the limit speed for streaming is 160 knots.


Fatigue is to be accounted in accordance with section above after each days flight.


Altitude is limited to 10000 ft while the oxygen system is not operational.

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