Date Latest Update
01/06/2014 First update in over three years? Really!
Most of my time during the intervening period between the previous update and this one has been spent on setting up the FRADU Hawks web-site, which went online for the first time in April this year. With the demise of the FRADU in June 2013, this completes most of the types that flew with the Unit from both Yeovilton and Culdrose during its 31 years of existence.

With regards to the Hunter section, all information has been brought upto date, and a larger font has been introduced to allow the make the site easier to read.
This format has already been introduced into the Hawk site, and the Canberra section will follow in due course.

Further features are still planned to be added in the next few months subject to health and time commitments!
In the meantime, I would still be delighted to hear any news and/or receive any images of the Hunters, whether it be in FRADU service, or before or after it served with the Unit!
Please get in touch if you can help..

Thanks again for your patience and support!


Date Previous update
06/03/2011 At last an update I hear you say? Indeed!
All of the information present on this site has been freshened up and brought uptodate where possible, and it also now features FRADU Hunter no.44... Hawker Hunter T.8C WT745/745.
Although only in use with the Unit for a short time, it has now rightly been included - my thanks to Adrian M Balch for taking the time to look through his archives to find an image of the airframe.

Speaking of the Hunter aircraft, I have withdrawn the slideshow presentation and reintroduced the original thumbnail image format on each page, mirroring the style adopted on the Jet Provost heaven web-site. All images include hyperlinks that will take the user to larger versions of the file. By using this policy, it allows me to add images that originally were not suitable for use with the slideshow.

I would be delighted to hear any news and/or receive any images of the Hunters, whether it be in FRADU service, or before or after it served with the Unit!
Please get in touch if you can help..

Thanks again for your patience and support!

01/11/2009 Following several months of gradual work, the Canberra section has been separated from FRADU Hunters
Adopting a similar format to that in use here, the FRADU Canberra web-site contains images of every airframe to have served with the Unit at RNAS Yeovilton between 1972 and 1992.

The FRADU Hunter web-site itself has received some minor tweaking and editing, bringing information up-to-date when possible. The pictorial slideshow content has been amended in some areas, making the presentations more cross-browser friendly rather then being built for Microsoft Internet Explorer only!

I would be delighted to receive news and images of the Hunters, please get in touch if you can help.

My time will now be concentrated on resurrecting my other main site, Jet Provost heaven, which has taken a back-seat whilst the FRADU sites took priority. Once this has been completed, I should be in a position to update each site more easily, and perhaps work on further web-site projects in 2010/11...

25/01/2009 More images!

As mentioned in the previous update a week ago, every Hawker Hunter to have seen service with the Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit now has its own page.
Six of the Hunters have received new images over the past week to their slideshow presentations, five of which are courtesy of Robin A. Walker. They are as follows: -

- Hunter GA.11 XE716/834
- Hunter T.8C XF358/870 (as '875')
- Hunter T.8C XF991/874
- Hunter T.8C XL584/877 (as '871')
- Hunter T.8C WT799/879

The final aeroplane to receive an pictorial update is GA.11 WT744/868 thanks to Chris England.

I am still delighted to receive new material about the Hunters should you be able to help!

Please have a look around, and if there are any inaccuracies present anywhere please get in touch with me via the contact page, and I will amend them as soon as I can. Thanks to all those that have got in touch during the past week, every piece of feedback is a great help!

Work on researching the FRADU Canberras has begun, with the RNHF section waiting its turn patiently.

17/01/2009 The FRADU Hunters web-site has received an update? Yes it has actually happened, despite ongoing rumours that the site will be closing down.

For the first time in many months I have been able to spend some prolonged time working on this web-site, which has not been the case since family and work commitments took precedence. Both this site, and my sister site Jet Provost heaven have suffered with a lack of major updates in recent months, with only minor maintenance and updates possible. Priority has also had to be given to those sites that I managed on behalf of other organisations, such as Hunter Flying Ltd and NWMAS Ltd.

However, the FRADU Hunters web-site has recently come out of an extensive overhaul, with all pages of the site brought up-to-date and re-written to make them easier and less time consuming to amend in the future.
Every Hawker Hunter to have seen service with the Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit since its creation on 1st December 1972 at RNAS Yeovilton now has its own page.
Each has a service history, and a slideshow of images showing it at various stages of its service life with FRADU and how it looks today (if applicable). Images have been sourced that will allow further photo sections to be added in the future, and I pass on my thanks to the many individuals (whom have been recognised in an acknowledgements page) that have contacted me with material.

I am still delighted to receive new material about the Hunters should you be able to help!

Please have a look around, and if there are any inaccuracies present anywhere please get in touch with me via the contact page, and I will amend them as soon as I can.

Next on the agenda is to overhaul the FRADU Canberras section, allowing it to adopt the same style as the FRADU Hunters! The RNHF section will also receive development over the coming weeks. Watch this space!

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