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Survivor XM693

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T.1 XM693 - BAE Systems Hamble (displayed by sports ground opposite The Harrier pub), Hampshire

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Gnat T.1 XM693 at Hamble, 7th October 2008; Damien Burke

The short nose on XM693 is explained by it being one of the T.1 development aircraft. First flown on 8th March 1960, she served with A&AEE on Ministry of Aviation trials until retired to instructional use (as 7891M) at RAF Bicester in 1965 - actually to be used as a recruitment aid by being taken to various events. She gained the Red Arrows colours while with the RAF Exhibition Flight at Abingdon. British Aerospace at Hamble acquired the airframe and it has been on display at Hamble to mark Folland's most famous product ever since, still wearing the rather inappropriate Red Arrows colours. The plaque below her reads 'GNAT T.MK.1 manufactured by FOLLAND AIRCRAFT on this site 1960'.

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