Hunter Project Donation Request Letter
|Royal Air Force Waddington
FS Greg Wines
Tel: 01522 726707
Fax: 01522 726671
8 SQUADRON HUNTER ACQUISITION PROJECT
In the present day climate of SDSR, resulting in the disbanding of RAF
Squadrons and the increasing closure of RAF stations, it is ever more
important to safeguard our heritage. The history of our squadron is
an integral part of promoting the ethos and core values inherent in
squadron members past and present. 8 Squadron has identified a project
that would enhance these values as well as contributing greatly to the Royal
Air Force and particularly 8 Squadrons’ heritage.
With the disbanding of 4 Squadron last year and the impending closure of
RAF Cottesmore, one of the station gate guardians, a Hawker Hunter F6A XE606,
was put up for disposal. 8 Squadron has strong links with the Hunter,
having flown the type for almost 12 years in operations from bases in the
At present, an F-4 Phantom, previously of 23 Squadron, is displayed
outside 8 Squadron. The squadron members feel that an aircraft more
relevant to our own heritage would be a great asset to the Sqn. It would
also be a permanent static feature for all future RAF Waddington air shows,
providing a strong draw for members of the public including a large ex-Hunter
A business case was presented to the RAF Heritage Committee to acquire the
Hunter from RAF Cottesmore, and display it outside the Sqn. We were
successful with our case and, as such, have acquired the Hunter, saving
it from possibly being scrapped.
The aircraft is in the colours of 4 Squadron and currently marked as XE606.
Our intention is to refresh the existing paintwork, as it is faded and obviously
sports the wrong Sqn. The scheme we intend to apply to the airframe would be
that of the 8 Sqn Commanding Officer's allocated airframe, when based in Aden with a change in
registration to XE620.
Unfortunately these changes will incur some costs, and we are coming to you as a
member of The Hunter Association to see if you would like to become a contributor
to this worthwhile project. We are seeking any donation you see fit, to help
with the funding of this project. We estimate that the repaint, the static
site preparation and placement of the Hunter will cost in the order of £4000.
All other costs including removal, transportation and storage while the site is
being prepared are already in hand and paid for from other sources.
At present our fundraising is at an early stage and we are trying to expand our
database of possible donors, we would appreciate you forwarding on these details to
publicise this as wide as possible.
If you wish to donate to what we believe is a worth while restoration
project you can donate by sending cheques to the above address made payable
to RAF Waddington Service Funds. If you decide to contribute £25 or
more our intention is to permanently record your participation by placing
an engraved paving brick, with your name, in the vicinity of the static
display, eventually creating a pavement in front of the aircraft.
FS Greg Wines
On Behalf of OC 8 Sqn