The Hawk first entered service with the RAF in 1976, both as an advanced flying-training aircraft and a weapons-training aircraft. The Hawk T1 is an advanced flying training aircraft used by 208 Sqn to teach operational tactics, air-to-air and air-to-ground firing, air combat and low-level operating procedures. 100 Squadron Hawks, based at RAF Leeming are also used in roles such as target facilities and specialist electronic warfare training. The Royal Navy also operate the Hawk for use as aerial targets for the training of ships gunners and radar operators etc. The Royal Air Force's International Display Team, the Red Arrows also use the Hawk.
The aircraft is appearing as part of the Air Tattoo's Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.