National Museums Scotland has acquired a British Aerospace Hawk T1A which was flown by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows.
The iconic aircraft has been 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.
Crew: 2 (instructor and student) as training aircraft or 1 (pilot) as Red Arrow display aircraft
Top speed: 638 mph (1,028 kph)
Range: 1,565 miles (2,520 km)
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.
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.
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.
Today, you can see XX308 alongside Scotland's Concorde G-BOAA at the National Museum of Flight, home to some of the most iconic aircraft ever to take to the skies.
Header image: Red Arrows Hawk T.1A XX308 is now on permanent display alongside Concorde at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield.