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Folland Gnat - Survivor XR534

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T.1 XR534 - Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Gnat T.1 XR534 at Newark, 20th June 2010; Damien Burke

First flown on 24th May 1963, XS534 entered service with the CFS at Little Rissington and continued with the CFS until damaged in an accident in May 1970. Repaired and returned to service with 4 FTS, she remained with them - excepting a brief period on loan to the CFS - until April 1977 when she was grounded and used for spares until allocation for display purposes outside the Officers' Mess at RAF Valley, eventually moving to gate guard duties on a pole near the airfield entrance. Acquired by the Newark Air Museum when it was time for Valley to get a Hunter-on-a-stick instead, she's spent some years undergoing an in-depth restoration and as you can see they have worked their usual magic though the canopy is still rather milky. She's seen here surrounded by a temporary exhibition of V-bomber panels.

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

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