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Survivor XP502

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XP502 - Cotswold Airport (on display), Kemble, Gloucestershire

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Gnat T.1 XP502 at Kemble, 18th June 2005; author

The first Gnat to enter service with 4 FTS was XP502, joining the unit on 7th November 1962 having first flown on 24th August 1962. Retired in 1978 to instructional use as 8576M at RAF St. Athan, she was auctioned off in 2000 and acquired by Delta jets at Kemble. Subjected to a cosmetic restoration, XP502 now wears Red Arrows colours as do so many preserved Gnats (despite never flying with the team), and is now standing 'on guard' in front of the control tower harking back to the days when the Reds were based at Kemble.

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