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RAF BAE Systems Hawk T1

In the current RAF training programme, the Hawk T1 is the first jet aircraft that a student pilot will fly.

An advanced and very successful trainer, the Hawk is used to teach operational tactics, air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, air combat and low-level operating procedures. The aircraft is also flown by the RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows.

This season's solo Hawk display by Flt Lt Phil Bird will be the last as the upgraded Hawk T2 will feature in future years.


“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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