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The FAST Lady of the Night

25 February 2021

51° 16′ 56″ N / 00° 45′ 12″ W

This unique 1955 vintage Hawker Hunter is known as Hecate (the goddess of the night in Greek mythology) since it was the aircraft utilized to trial a pair of HUDs (heads up display, one each for each of the crew) as well as LLTV (low light television) and FLIR (forward looking infrared). Also trialed was the Penetrate pod which was a terrain database that provided visual cues in the HUDs (an earlier version is mounted on the port wing). This Hunter was meant to rule the night by way of all weather, low-level, high speed flying. Amazingly, this airframe accumulated 3,670.3 hours before ultimate retirement and can be seen at FAST (Farnborough Air Sciences Trust)

Hawker Hunter WV383 “Hecate-Lady of the Night” at FAST (Farnborough Air Sciences Trust) in Farnborough UK (the Penetrate pod is white and on the reverse side of the drop tank)©2017 Joseph May/Slipstream Photography

4 Comments leave one →
  1. theflyingyorkshireman permalink
    27 February 2021 04:10

    I can remember when Geoff Duke set a new world airspeed record in the Hawker Hunter in 1953…

  2. theflyingyorkshireman permalink
    27 February 2021 04:11

    Oops! Meant to say NEVILLE Duke…

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      27 February 2021 12:15

      Thanks David…I’ll look him up 🙂

      • theflyingyorkshireman permalink
        27 February 2021 13:01

        (Geoff Duke was a champion motorcycle rider…)

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