Posted: Tue 27th Sep 2016

RAF Sealand’s iconic ‘Gate Guardian’ Hawker Hunter back up for sale.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016

An iconic Hawker Hunter ‘transonic’ jet fighter which once stood guarding the gates of RAF Sealand is up for sale, again.

The jet, which has a ‘Buy it Now‘ price on ebay of £24,950 first entered service with the Royal Danish Airforce in 1956 with ESK-724 Squadron. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It remained in active service until 1974 when it was bought back by Hawker Siddeley to become a ‘gate guardian’ at RAF Brawdy in Pembrokeshire. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It later moved to RAF Cranwell and then, in 1988, to RAF Sealand where it was cosmetically restored and repainted in 1990 as WT720 – the real WT720 was retired in 1964 and scrapped. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Picture taken from the ebay page of WT720 minus wings and stand being transported

Picture taken from the ebay page of WT720 minus wings and stand being transported

In mid 2006 with Sealand’s closure the jet was sold to Nigel Spurr, managing director of an MoD surplus company who put it on display within his facility near North Scarle, Lincolnshire. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It’s thought he sold it on to the current owner. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aircraft one of only a couple of dozen surviving jets of its kind does not fly but comes with a dummy pilot in the cockpit, a stand for it to be mounted on and has removable wings for ease of transport. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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