|British Aerospace Hawk T1|
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In the mid
1960's the RAF was using Gnat and Hunter T7 as advanced jet training
aircraft but was keenly aware that these needed replacement. The two-seat
Jaguar was examined but found to be unsuitable. Hawker Siddeley then
designed a direct Gnat replacement. The Hawk became unique with it's
twin seats in tandem, stepped vertically give the instructor in the rear
seat superb forward views.
The first Hawk T1 flew in August 1974
and entered RAF service in April 1976 in the advanced jet trainer and
weapons training roles. The world famous 'Red Arrows' aerobatic team
adopted the type in 1980 and still fly her today.