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Folland Gnat - Survivor XR987 (ex N7CV)

T.1 XR987 - Matt Wilcock, Classic Flyers Aviation Museum, Tauranga, New Zealand

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Gnat T.1 XR987 at Florida, October 2020; Matt Wilcock

XR987 was first flown on the 15th of May 1964. She flew with both the Yellowjacks and Red Arrows aerobatic teams. Retired in 1979, by 1987 she had been disposed of and was in open storage at Cranfield.

At some point in the early 1990s she was acquired by a US owner and transported to the USA. In December 1995 she was issued with a new certificate of airworthiness as N7CV and based at Wilmington, Delaware. She changed hands in 2007, joining the International Aero Preservation Society. In 2011 she moved to Pembroke Pines in Florida.

In late 2020 Matt Wilcock fulfilled a lifelong dream to own a Gnat and acquired her, shipping her to New Zealand, to make her the only Gnat in the country. He plans to have her flying again as soon as possible (currently the pandemic is stopping most inward travel so as his engineer is based in Australia there'll be some delay on that score).

You can follow progress on the Gnat in New Zealand Facebook group.

Information on this page current as of 03/02/2021, last updated by Damien

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