|Jonathon ‘Flapjack’ Whaley and Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd are the proud owners of this extraordinary warbird, a Hawker Hunter F.58A (G-PSST) known by all as ‘Miss Demeanour’. On two dull Autumn days the stunning ‘Miss Demeanour’ brightened up the welsh valleys with some amazing low-level passes.
The 1950s jet was flying fast and low to and from Duxford for their ‘Autumn Show’ where it was to display with a P-51 Mustang.
The jet was originally delivered to the RAF as a Hunter F.4 (XF947) flying with 229 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Chivenor in Devon for most of its days. In 1971 it was sold to the Swiss Air Force becoming J-4104 and it served with them until 1996 when it was retired. By 1997 Jonathon Whaley a former Royal Navy Hunter pilot had purchased the aircraft and it took up residence at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth. It was time to repaint her and not wanting to conform with a period paint-scheme Flapjack decided to dream up a unique paint scheme, based on the flames produced by a Space Shuttle during re-entry. Not for the purists of course Flapjack defends his decision on his excellent website with the comments; “Anyway, it’s not a felony to paint a Hunter like this, just a Miss Demeanour!”
In 2012 Squadron Leader Ben Murphy has completed his Hawker Hunter training to become Miss Demeanour’s newest pilot. Ben is a former Harrier pilot and leader of the Red Arrows. Lets hope more show organisers book this amazing jet for more air shows soon.