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HISTORY

  • Perhaps most famous for its use by the British Royal Air Force Yellow Jackets, later called the Red Arrows, the Folland Gnat was born out of the need for a lightweight jet fighter with relatively low operational costs. However, the British soon lost interest in the Gnat as a fighter and choose to designate it as a trainer and used it to replace the aging de Havilland Vampire T.11.
  • The Gnat was a slightly larger evolution of the Folland Midge, a high-performance aircraft that was a foot shorter and 1,000 pounds lighter than the Messerschmitt Me 109. The prototype Gnat first flew in 1959 with an extended nose and broader wings to lower landing speeds.
  • The Folland Gnat possessed all of the flight characteristics of a modern jet fighter and was capable of speeds over Mach one in a shallow dive. Although they proved to be difficult to maintain, Gnats remained in service for nearly two decades. The Gnat saw service in Finland as a fighter. Several hundred were manufactured under license in India as the HAL Ajeet and saw service in numerous wars with Pakistan.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Folland Aircraft
Year: 1963
Model: T1 Gnat
Registration Number: N19GT
Serial Number: 
Crew: 2
Max T/O Weight: 8,630 lb.
Span: 24 ft. 0 in.
Length: 31 ft. 9 in.
Height: 9 ft. 8 in.
Maximum Speed: 636 mph
Cruise Speed: 360 mph
Rate of Climb: 20,000 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 × Bristol Siddeley Orpheus 100 turbojet engine, 4,230 lb. thrust
Range: 1,151 miles
Service Ceiling: 48,000 ft.
Armament: None

 

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