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Folland Gnat - Survivor XR977

T.1 XR977 - RAF Museum London, Hendon, Greater London

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Gnat T.1 XR977 at RAF Cosford Museum, 1st September 2012; Francis Wallace

Part of the collection at the RAF Museum at Cosford is this rather nice example in Red Arrows colours, wearing one of many variations on the colour scheme that the team tried out during their Gnat years.

XR977 first flew on 1st January 1964 and served with 4 FTS, suffering several incidents including a Cat.4R accident in June 1964 and a belly landing on 7th May 1970. Transferred to the Central Flying School (CFS) in March 1976 based at Kemble, and then went on to join the Red Arrows which were based at Kemble at the time. XR977 became No.3 aircraft in the display team and stayed with them until it was flown into Cosford on 5th October 1979 for ground instructional use as 8640M until she was allocated to the RAF Museum, replacing Gnat XP514 as XR977 was in much better condition.

In December of 2017, the airframe was moved from Cosford to the RAF's London Museum, where it is now mounted on a pole and is in a flying positon.

Information on this page current as of 11/07/2022, last updated by Jake

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