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Folland Gnat - Survivor XP514 (N7HY)

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T.1 XP514 - Anton Ostermeier (flyer, for sale), Chino, California, USA

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Gnat T.1 XP514 at Chino, April 2006; Anton Ostermeier

An ex-Red-Arrows machine, XP514 first flew on 13th April 1963 and served with 4 FTS and the CFS, and the Red Arrows from March 1972. Her final RAF flight was to RAF Cranwell on 17th September 1979 where she was retired to instructional use as 8635M. When disposed of in the 1990s she ended up at Cranfield before being sold to a US owner, where she was subsequently rebuilt using some parts from XM705 and - according to an inscription on the nose - restored in memory of Dr Jim McMahon. Appearing at a few airshows from the late 1990s onwards, this aircraft has been up for sale for some time now, including appearance on an eBay auction (failing to make the reserve price). She is, however, still flown regularly.

Information on this page current as of 07/04/2006, last updated by Damien

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