Hawk 127 LIF
Seven - A27-21, 79 Squadron 60th Anniversary Special Scheme
and Walk Around Details
and Photos by Darren Mottram
In 2003 79 Squadron took the opportunity to celebrate their 60th anniversary
by applying a special paint scheme to BAE Hawk 127, A27-21.
The scheme was designed by Jeremy Caesar and painted by Scott Miles
and incorporates various elements from the unit's past. The tail marking
represents a stylized Phoenix and Cobra, both of which have been used by
the unit on it's aircraft over the years. And the codes on the forward
fuselage represent those which were worn on the Commanding Officer's Spitfire
during the Second World War (79's sqn code was "UP").
Being based at Pearce in Western Australia (several thousand Kilometres
away) I was resigned to never getting to see this one in the flesh. But
79 Squadron recently took this aircraft on a "tour" to show it off and
also to highlight the anniversary to those who may not have been aware
of the occasion.
Luckily Williamtown was on the list of stop-overs and I was finally
able to get the opportunity to see and photograph this little known and
rarely seen scheme during it's arrival, departure and a dedicated
photo shoot (very lucky).
Also at Williamtown is a local museum called Fighter World where there
is a fibreglass replica Spitfire which also happens to be painted in the
colours of 79 Sqn's WWII Commanding Officer and which bears the same codes
of "UP-U" as those worn on the commemorative Hawk. The chance to photograph
these two machines together was just to good to pass up, so arrangements
were made to tow the Hawk to the museum and capture some unique images.
I was fortunate enough to be able to get in on this photo shoot too and
have included the resulting images here.
I tried to document this unique jet as best I could and I hope that
the photos will be of interest and use to modellers and enthusiast alike.
They should also be a good reference for those who purchase the Model Alliance
International Commonwealth Hawks decal sheet which includes this scheme.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the members of 76 and
79 Squadrons, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and BAE SYSTEMS for
giving me the permission and opportunity to be able to share this
information with you all.
Note that 79 Sqn repeats the aircraft's "last two" from the serial number
on the tip of the nose whereas 76 Sqn has them on the nose gear doors.
to note for modellers
The code letters read "UP-U" on both sides (which has drawn much comment
from those who aren't aware of their true origin. ;-) ).
All the high viz colours are high gloss but the original colours remain
satin to matt. Especially note the differences in reflective qualities
of the grey around the nose.
My thanks to the members of 76 Squadron and the crews from
79 Squadron for allowing me the opportunity to take these photos.
Past and Present
Fighterworld has a small but varied selection of aircraft
on display and it is also situated on the base perimeter and offers a good
view of daily flight operations at williamtown. Bus tours of the base are
also available. For more information visit http://www.fighterworld.com.au/
My thanks to the guys at Fighter World for giving me the
opportunity to get these unique shots.
For more of my hawk detail and photo articles, see;
Detailed walk around, including cockpits and stores.
Coverage of early 76 squadron markings and colours.
Coverage of 79 squadron markings and colours.
Detailed coverage of the 76 Sqn display colour scheme on A27-16
Photo Gallery of A27-16 and A27-21 (specials) together.
All my Hawk articles index.
Text and Images Copyright © 2003 by Darren
Used with the permission of BAE SYSTEMS and the RAAF
Page Created Saturday 13 December, 2003
This page last updated on Saturday
13 December, 2003
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