Hawk 127 LIF
Four - Into Service
and Photos by Darren Mottram
BAE Hawk 127LIF
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The BAE SYSTEMS HAWK 127 Lead In Fighters (LIFs) have
entered service with 76 Squadron at Williamtown near Newcastle on
Australia's East coast and 79 Squadron at Pearce near Perth, Western
Australia. They have been in service with the Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) for nearly a year now and many are finally starting to emerge in
their respective squadron markings.
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you
some images and information about them.
A27-13 was the first
Hawk to be seen wearing Squadron markings during the ceremony to
mark the last flight by the MB-326H
Macchi in 76 Squadron service during November 2000.
A27-08. The first
aircraft to be adorned with 79 Squadron markings.(Photo kindly
supplied by Mr Sean Reeves)
photographs below are captioned and thumbnailed.
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The style of the markings which are being applied reflect their origins
in those which were worn by their predecessors, the MB-326H Macchi.
The first aircraft to be marked up was A27-13. The
markings applied to this aircraft were actually a trial version and were
in fact large stickers and were also only applied to one side of the
tail as shown in the photos below.
|When the markings were later applied
to the rest of the fleet, the red and black portions were
painted on whilst the white circle and Panther design was still
an adhesive sticker. As the Panther stickers were only applied
as time permitted, most aircraft were initially seen with only
the painted markings as seen below.
Notice that the markings are trimmed much closer to the
formation light than when the sticker version was applied above
and also that there is a thin flat plate on the trailing edge of
the rudder and that, on some aircraft, the band is painted
around it. After the first few jets had been painted with just
the red and black tail band, the rest began to have nose and
tail numbers applied at the same time as the squadron markings.
These can also be seen in the images to the right.
When the first batch of stickers were made, they
were all of the same image which meant that, on the initial
machines to wear these markings, the Panther head faced forward
on the left side and aft on the right.
The very first additional markings which
appeared on the Hawks were pilots names and a small leaping
Panther which were stickers applied under the forward
These features can be seen in the photos below
which detail the machine (nominally) assigned to 76 Squadron's
Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Dave Willcox, A27-10.
The first aircraft to have one of the correctly
"sided" Panther stickers was A27-04.
Interestingly, only one marking was applied
initially which resulted in the markings (top two pictures to
It has since received the other marking (bottom
two pictures to the right).
The images below
illustrate details of the markings
and some of the variations seen on some aircraft.
|Close up of the panther marking
applied to 76 Squadron aircraft.
Notice the fine detail achieved through the use of a printed
Sticker rather than a painted stencil version as previously used
on the Macchis.
as applied to 79 Squadron Hawks. Notice the different style
and colour of the tail number. (photo kindly supplied by Mr
Although I have seen stickers for these
markings printed, I haven't actually seen a 79 Squadron
machine "in the flesh", so I don't know whether the
stickers are used or the marking is painted. The second photo
is the same marking which was applied to one of the last
Macchis flown by 79 Squadron when it was seen passing through
Williamtown on it's way to Wagga for storage. The marking on
the Macchi was painted and it looks to me from the photo of
the Hawk tail, that this may also be painted.
A27-07 with aft and forward facing Panther heads on the rhs of
Panther markings applied to A27-17. (Compare to earlier photos
A27-13 seen before and after the application of the Panther's head, as
well as the pilot's name applied to this machine.
My sincere thanks to BAE SYSTEMS and 76 Squadron RAAF for allowing me
to share these photos.
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Used with the permission of BAE SYSTEMS and the RAAF
Page Created Sunday, 26 June 2001
This page last updated on Friday, 17 August 2001
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