FVTu134 From Russia, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
Some of them ended up in Lebanon as the country had some ambitions to revive a Hunter squadron (due to easy maintenance and low budget). Don't know what came of that.
Others went to Jordan (donated) and some other arab countries (If I'm correct also Oman)
Hope it helps
who decided that a Horizon should be HORIZONtal???
RAFOHunter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2572 times:
Thanks FVTu134, I know that Oman did not get any Iraqi Hunters directly. I was in Oman with the Hunters from 1979 to 1999. The only Hunters received were from Jordan, and I have many of the serials and histories (just a few are missing) and two ex-Kuwait T.67's. Then indirectly through Jordan, there was at least one ex-Saudi Hunter. It is also possible that there was one ex-Abu Dhabi T.66, again through Jordan too.
The Hulks were around in Iraq at least until 1991 perhaps later than that given Iraqs idea to bury a lot of their airframes. I have a copy of a US DoD targeting photo showing the outline of a Hunter used as a decoy in Iraq.
Given their previous use, there could have been Hunters at Mosul, H2, Basra (although, as Basra was liberated by UK forces, something would have appeared in UK aviation sites) and Habbinaya (Saddam Hussein did not trust his Air Force and this base was pretty much derelict during the 1991 and 2003 wars)
RJAF From Jordan, joined Jan 2007, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
During the 2003 invasion, I saw footage (on CNN) of US air force plane's infra red targeting H-3 airbase which clearly showed a silhouette of a Hawker Hunter on the ground which was subsequently destroyed by cluster bombs. I'm pretty sure they were used as decoys as it was parked next to a Mig-17.