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Folland Gnat - Survivor XM694 (N694XM)

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T.1 XM694 - Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Gnat T.1 XM694 at Pima, 23rd February 2004; Tom McGhee

XM694 was the third development aircraft for the T.1 and as you can see retains the short nose without landing light. First flown on 29th May 1960, after her career with the A&AEE in the development phase, XM694 was transferred to Bristol-Siddeley Engines Ltd. for engine testbed use until 1974 when she was transferred to RAE Bedford. She didn't fly with them for long before becoming a ground test vehicle being taxied at high speed into various crash barriers. Retired to instructional use with the apprentices there, she was eventually disposed of and ended up at Pima's Air Museum. She has baked in the sun there ever since wearing this rather odd overall green paint scheme.

Information on this page current as of 23/02/2004, last updated by Damien

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