|J 34 - Hawker Hunter F.4 Mk 50 (1955-1969)|
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The Air Force needed to equip the two fighter wings F 8 (Barkaby) and F
18 (Tullinge) near Stockholm with modern aircraft before the SAAB J 35
Draken was ready for service. Their mission were primary to intercept
enemy bombers, which were expected to attack our country from high
The Hawker Hunter had been delivered in
quantity to the RAF. The Swedish Air Force decided to order 120 Hawker
Hunter Mk 50 from Britain. The deliveries started in August of 1955 and
the last Hunter was in Swedish service about two years later. The
Swedish designation became J 34.
The J 34 was not fitted with radar (as the
successor J 35 Draken)
and was consequently
a pure day fighter aircraft. Its flying characteristics was excellent.
It was a fast aircraft - maximum speed 1.150 km/h in spite of the fact
that the Rolls-Royce Avon 23 (RM 5B) engine lacked an
after-burner. The engine gave a thrust of 4.080 kp.
The armaments were from the beginning four
30 mm Aden automatic cannons. Later it could be equipped with two
Sidewinder missiles (Swedish designation Rb 24).
Wing F 8 was disbanded in the beginning of the sixties. Their J 34s were
transferred to F 9 at Säve just outside Gothenburg. When F 18 got their
new J 35 Draken, their Hawker Hunters served at F 9 and F 10 (Ängelholm)
Photo at top: "R" (Rudolf) of the red (1st) Squadron of Wing F 18
Photo at top: "R" (Rudolf) of the red (1st) Squadron of Wing F 18 at Tullinge.
One original J 34 (# 34070) is exhibited
at Svedino's Automobile and Aviation
Museum at Ugglarp in the markings of 2nd (blue) Squadron of F 10
(code "P", photo at bottom). One
is on display at
Flygvapenmuseum (# 34016) in the markings of 1st (red) Squadron of F
9 (code of "06", photo below). Some ex-Swiss Hunters of the F.6
version are flying in Sweden, painted in Swedish Air Force colours. They
are provided with ”saw-teeth” on the wings, which not was fitted on the
original Swedish J 34s.
|A RAF Hawker Hunter on a stamp from Gibraltar issued in 1978|
|© Lars Henriksson||