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T.1 XR571 - Red Arrows (displayed within the station), RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire

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Gnat T.1 XR571 at Scampton, May 2003; Tom McGhee

The Red Arrows display this Gnat outside their HQ at RAF Scampton. Wearing 1970s style Red Arrows scheme, as far as I can tell this is yet another red-painted Gnat that never actually served with the team. XR571's career began with a first flight on 4th October 1963, entering service with 4 FTS at RAF Valley and was retired in 1975 after a heavy landing there. Repainted in Reds colours, she was then put on display as the gate guard at RAF Brampton in July 1976, moving to RAF Kemble in 1979. Whenever the Reds have moved since then, XR571 has gone with them.

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