HISTORY OF G-RORI (XR538)
XR 538 which has a civilian registration G-RORI. The aircraft is painted in No 4 FTS colours, representing the crucial role that the aircraft played in the training of so many fast jet pilots. Mostly red with white stripes the colour scheme really shows off the sleek lines and grace of this beautiful aircraft.
Construction Number FL549, was built by Folland at their Hamble factory in early 1963 and first flew on 21st June 1963. It was accepted into RAF service on 31st July 1963, serving at RAF Valley with No4 Flying Training School (FTS) until 11th March 1979, having completed 16 years of instructional service with the RAF.
HISTORY OF G-MOUR (XR992)
The Gnat Display Team’s third airframe is Folland Gnat registered G-MOUR. It flies in the colours of the famous Yellowjacks display team.
Gnat T.Mk1, Construction Number FL596, was built by Folland at their Hamble factory in early 1964 and first flew on 19th September 1964. It was accepted into RAF service on 8th October 1964 and was allocated the serial number XS102, serving at RAF Valley with No4 Flying Training School (FTS). It underwent various modifications at Bitteswell in February 1970 and continued flying with 4FTS until 1978, finally being Struck Off Charge on 31st March 1979, having completed 14 years of useful instructional service with the RAF.
In civilian hands, G-MOUR has been repainted into the Yellowjacks aerobatic team colour scheme and has been given the RAF serial Number XR992, in order to look more authentic – XR992 being one of the founding Yellowjacks airframes.