|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.