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Folland Gnat - Survivor XK724

F.1 XK724 - RAF Museum Midlands, (stored), RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Gnat F.1 XK724 at RAF Cosford Museum, 1st September 2012; Francis Wallace

XK724 was the first of six Gnat F.1s ordered by the Ministry of Supply for evaluation purposes and first flew on 26th May 1956. The airframe went on to gun firing trials at A&AEE Boscombe Down until 1956 when she transferred to Folland Aircraft Ltd for development flying. Next, she was used for trials of the installation of a liquid oxygen system and trials on ground handling before becoming a chase and support airframe for the development of the Gnat Trainer aircraft.

XK724 retired in February 1961, received the serial 7715M, and moved to No.71 Maintenance Unit based at RAF Bicester for mobile display use. In 1967, she transferred to the RAF College at RAF Cranwell for instructional use before being restored there around 1985 for display. Later that year, she was road moved to the RAF Cosford Musem for display.
In more recent months, the airframe has been put into storage, sadly out of sight.

Information on this page current as of 11/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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