We welcome the arrival of a fantastic Red Arrows Hawk T.1A to the collection at National Museum of Flight for 2018.


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.

Fact file

Date: 1980
Mark: T.1A
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)

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.

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.

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


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.

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The Concorde Experience

It's over 40 years since Scotland's Concorde took the skies in the first BA Concorde fleet commercial passenger flight. Don't miss the chance to get up close to G-BOAA.
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The world famous Red Arrows conduct a daredevil close pass manoeuvre during display training in Greece.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic team The Red Arrows deployed to Andravida and Tenagra in Greece to begin Exercise Springhawk.

The exercise runs from the 19th March until 05th May in Greece, and will consist of the Red Arrows performing their 9 ship display three times a day over various datums in order fir the display to meet the high standards expected for the display season. The end of the exercise will be marked by the pilots being awarded Public Display Authority which will allow them to display in public and wear the iconic red suits.

Hawk wings

The BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft. A stunning pair of Hawk wings with the iconic RAF Red Arrows livery are on display in the new Explore gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.
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25 Apr 2018 - 31 Jan 2025


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