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AVIATION72 AV7222005 1/72 FOLLAND GNAT 4FTS RAF VALLEY XR980

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AVIATION72 AV7222005 1/72 FOLLAND GNAT 4FTS RAF VALLEY XR980

Although the Gnat was evaluated by the RAF in 1958 as a possible DH Venom replacement, the Hawker Hunter was the eventual winner of the fly-off competition. Although RAF interest waned in its possible use as a fighter, the Gnat was modified to meet the 1957 Trainer Specification T.185D that called for an advanced two-seat trainer that could transition pilots between the current DH Vampire T 11 and operational fighters such as the English Electric Lightning. After review of Folland's proposals, an initial contract for 14 modified Gnat trainers was issued in 7 January 1958. The Folland Fo.144 Gnat Trainer served in the RAF with the designation Gnat T Mk 1. It was notable as the demonstration aircraft of the Red Arrows aerobatic display team between 1964, when the team was formed, and 1979, when it was replaced by the Hawk.

Folland Gnat T.Mk 1

Designed originally as a private-venture lightweight fighter, the Folland Fo.144 Gnat was eventually adopted by the RAF as an advanced jet trainer.

Aviation72

The Aviation72 range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Aviation72 diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Authentic ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Permanently extended landing gear.
  • Presentation stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Limited edition

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