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Folland Gnat - Survivor XM697 (ex G-NAAT)

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T.1 XM697 - Reynards Nursery (on display), Carluke, Scotland

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Gnat T.1 XM697 at Carluke, 21st March 2009;

XM697 was a pre-production T.1, first flown on 16th March 1961 and spending most of her active career with the Ministry of Aviation (A&AEE and HSA) for trials work. Her last active years were spent as a chase aircraft with Hawkers at Dunsfold and she was retired in 1968. 1349 (Woking) ATC squadron looked after her for some years before she was sold on in the mid 1980s. Owned by the late John Hallett and put on display at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, she was moved to Exeter by road in October 2002 and languished there until 2006 when she left for her new home at a garden centre in Scotland, and is now on display there, gaining the inevitable and inappropriate Red Arrows colours in the process.

Information on this page current as of 09/10/2010, last updated by Damien

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