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Folland Gnat - Survivor XP516

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T.1 XP516 - Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, Farnborough, Hampshire

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Gnat T.1 XP516 at Farnborough, 16th October 2008; Damien Burke

First flown on 11th March 1963, XP516 spent most of its active career with 4 FTS with periods on loan to the Ministry of Technology and the CFS (including use as a spare for the Red Arrows). XP516 was retired to instructional duties as 8580M at RAF Valley in 1978, spent a few months on display outside the Officers' Mess but in 1979 was then passed on to DERA (later QinetiQ) at Farnborough, where it was used for vibration testing duties before finally retiring to the FAST museum. Her aft fuselage actually comes from sister ship XP532 (and that had originally come from XS101).

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