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Airfix 1/48 Red Arrows Gnat - AX05124

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1/48 Scale Red Arrows Folland Gnat T.1. Airfix. Developed as a small, lightweight and manoeuverable fighter, the Folland Gnat was never accepted into British Royal Air Force service in that combat role. However, after being re-designed with two seats, it found its niche as a superb trainer and its small size and excellent aerobatic capability made it a natural choice for the RAF's aerobatic teams. The Yellow Jacks first used the Gnat to great effect, before the Red Arrows picked it as their first aircraft. Designed by W.E.W. Petter, the Gnat entered RAF service in 1962, during the Cold War, giving trainee pilots the perfect first experience of fast jets before they moved onto the Hunters and Lightnings that they would fly on front-line duties. Eventually the introduction of the Hawk jet trainer meant the end for the Gnat and it was phased out of RAF service in the late 1970s. A large number of Gnats, however, passed to private operators where they still continue to be displayed at air shows.