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This iconic Red Arrows Hawk T.1A was flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.

Red Arrows Hawk fact file

Daye

1980

Mark

T.1A

Crew

Two (instructor and student) as training aircraft or one (pilot) as Red Arrow display aircraft 

Top speed

638 mph (1,028 kph) 

Range

1,565 miles (2,520 km)

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The Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965.

The Red Arrows at Scotland's National Airshow at the National Museum of Flight. © Andy Catlin.

The iconic aircraft was donated by the Ministry of Defence through RAF Heritage and is now on permanent display at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield. It is the only Red Arrows Hawk on display in any UK museum and now sits alongside Concorde G-BOAA, an aircraft with which the Red Arrows flew in formation on many occasions.

This film shows the aircraft moving to its new home from the conservation hangar. 

Advanced training aircraft

Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Siddeley (now BAE Systems), designed and built the Hawk as an advanced training aircraft for Royal Air Force fast jet pilots. The prototype first flew in 1974 and Hawks entered RAF service in 1976. More than 1,000 have been sold worldwide including the UK, Canada, Australia, Finland and Zimbabwe.

XX308 with the Red Arrows practicing display manoeuvres over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, May 2008. Image use under MOD Open Government Licence

Above: XX308 with the Red Arrows practising display manoeuvres over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, May 2008. Image used under MOD Open Government Licence.

The Hawk T1 is a fully aerobatic, low-wing two-seat training aircraft that is still used in a number of roles for the RAF. Hawks are the aircraft flown by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. Folland Gnats were replaced by Hawks as the team aircraft in 1979. The Hawk T1A is a modified Hawk T1 which was converted to carrying diesel fuel and dye for the display smoke system.

The Red Arrows practising their display manoeuvres over RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus. Image used under MOD Open Government Licence.

XX308

This aircraft was built in 1980 and was used by the Red Arrows from 1985 until 2012. One of this aircraft’s memorable flights was when the Red Arrows flew in formation with Concorde over Edinburgh on 1 July 1999 to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament. This aircraft was flown that day by the team leader (Red 1), Wing Commander Simon Meade.

The Red Arrows pictured flying over Scotland, taken from the cockpit of one of their aircraft.

Above: The Red Arrows pictured flying over Scotland, taken from the cockpit of one of their aircraft. Image used under MOD Open Government Licence.

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