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Folland Gnat - Survivor XP533 (NX533XP)

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T.1 XP533 - Tom Foley/NTC Group Inc. (flyer), Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Gnat T.1 XP533 at Greenwich, 1993; S-TEC Corporation

XP533 first flew 23rd March 1963 and served with 4 FTS at RAF Valley before transfer to the CFS Detachment (the Red Arrows) in November 1978. She was, however, never painted up as a Red Arrows aircraft and was retired to instructional use as 8632M at RAF Cosford in September 1979. Sold to Tom Foley in 1990, a mere three years and 1 million dollars of work later found XP533 back in the air as NX533XP. Modern avionics and electrics have replaced the original systems and an electrical starting system has been added. She's painted in an unusual reverse Red Arrows scheme of overall white with red flashes - and blinged intake lips!

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

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