We operate specially-modified and upgraded former Swiss Air Force F.58 Hunter Aircraft.
model served in Switzerland from 1960 through 1996. Due to the nature
of Swiss Air Force operations and the small size of the country, these
aircraft have acquired a remarkably low number of flying hours for
their age. Throughout their service, the superior standard of care
received by these aircraft is as high as could be expected from
Hunter is a transonic aircraft with a maximum speed of
600 knots with fuel tanks, a ceiling of 42000 feet and a
maximum operating weight of 25000 pounds. The F.58 is the export
version of the Mark 6 Hawker Hunter that was operated by Royal Air
Force. It is a single seat fighter with hydraulically operated flight
controls and a Rolls Royce Avon 200 series axial flow gas turbine
engine developing 10150 pounds of static thrust.
Hunters are IFR-certified and have been upgraded with various cockpit
modifications, including dual Global Positioning Systems and an
Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator with moving maps. This provides the pilot with
tremendous situational awareness about his position and all aircraft,
ships and targets within the operating area. With up to 2 UHF
and 3 VHF radios, as well as a TACAN, the Hunters smoothly blend
into any military operation. Furthermore, they can
operate with Radar Warning Receivers, chaff/flare dispensers and
are capable of carrying the latest Electronic Warfare and tracking pods as
well as live-fire target towing reels.
The Hunters do not require any external ground support
equipment, are normally configured for missions with 4 external
fuel tanks plus any combination of electronic warfare and/or tracking pods. Depending on the mission
profiles, this normally permits between 1.5 and 2.5 hours of
on-station training time, plus the transit to and from the training
Hunters provide an exceptional combination of high speed, long
endurance and potential configurations. Flown by experienced former
fighter pilots, the Hunters offer the ultimate capability and
flexibility to satisfy the various training requirements of all
branches of the armed forces.