This is first of
three prototype Hawker Hunters. The first two had Rolls Royce
Avons and the
third was powered by the Armstrong
Siddeley Sapphire. WB188 converted, later in life, to full
Hunter Mk. 3 standard, complete
with new sharper nose and an Avon RA 7R with reheat.
Painted a brilliant red, it broke
the World Absolute Speed record off the Sussex coast on 7 Sept-
1963. Piloted by Squadron Leader Neville Duke, it achieved a speed
of 727.6 mph.
The Hunter went
on to become the RAF's foremost fighter from the 1950s to the 1970s..