RAAF BAE Hawk 127LIF
Part One - Hawk in UK
by Darren Mottram
In an almost uncanny follow-on to my time spent on Macchis in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), since last October I have been fortunate enough to be involved with BAE SYSTEMS' Hawk Lead In Fighter (LIF) Project with Hunter Aerospace at BAE SYSTEMS Lead-in Fighter Support Facility in Williamtown, New South Wales, Australia.
BAE SYSTEMS have kindly allowed me to pass on some information and images which will provide you modellers out there who are interested in the project with an early insight to the "look" and progress of the new RAAF Hawk 127LIF.
From a modelling point of view, it is quite fortuitous that Italeri have recently announced the release this year of a Hawk100 in 1/72 scale (it is actually the demonstrator ZJ100). Now if *only* someone would do something in the *real* scale of 1/48 ;-)
My sincerest thanks to BAE SYSTEMS for allowing me to use these images. If opportunity and circumstances allow, I will try to pass on any other information and significant events as they occur.
All the photos in this selection were taken at BAE SYSTEMS' Warton facility where the British airframes are being assembled and the first aircraft has recently taken its first test flight.
All photos BAE SYSTEMS Copyright.
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Text Copyright © 2000 by Darren Mottram