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Survivor XP502

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T.1 XP502 - Cotswold Airport (on display), Kemble, Gloucestershire

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Gnat T.1 XP502 at Cotswold Airport, 15th August 2020; Jake Wallace

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). XP502 has been painted up to represent Red Arrow XR540 and can be seen today sat outside the control tower in a take off position harking back to the days when the Reds were once based at former RAF Kemble. XP502 has currently got her cockpits covered over with tarpaulin as she is awaiting for her canopy to be repaired which got destroyed in a storm earlier this year. The Buccaneer Aviation Group have agreed to repair the canopy as well as looking after her cosmetically.

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