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Rear quarter view of Red Arrows Hawk T1A XX260 at the Ulster Aviation Society

RED ARROWS HAWK

Red Arrows Hawk T1A XX260 outside hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation Society

Image: EDGAR ENGLAND

Attention all aviation enthusiasts, young families, and aspiring pilots! Prepare to be thrilled in the awe-inspiring presence of a legendary Red Arrows Hawk T1A jet.

This iconic aircraft, a symbol of British aviation excellence, captivates aviation enthusiasts and history buffs alike and Hawk XX260 was generously gifted to the Ulster Aviation Society by the Royal Air Force (RAF) in mid-2023.

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Who are the Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows are an important part of British culture and have been performing since 1965 when they originally flew the Folland Gnat jet.

 

Known for their precision flying they're world-renowned for their breathtaking displays of aerial acrobatics, captivating audiences with their intricate formations and jaw-dropping stunts.

 

As a symbol of British aviation prowess, they inspire generations of aviation enthusiasts and instill a sense of national pride in the British public, being one of the most famous aerobatic teams in the world.

This exciting acquisition not only enriches the UAS' heritage collection but also provides a unique opportunity for comparison within our educational programs (via our other black Hawk fuselage — gifted by Jonny Beers Heavy Haulage) and inspiring future generations of aviation enthusiasts.

Nose view of Red Arrows Hawk T1A XX260 outside hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation Society

History of Red Arrows Hawk XX260

This particular Hawk T1A aircraft was part of the Red Arrows display team from 1983 to 1986 and then again from 1991 to 1992, having graced the skies with its astonishing manoeuvres, showing off its vibrant and iconic red livery and the top tier RAF pilots' skills.

However, XX260 suffered major engine damage from a bird strike at Blackpool Airshow in 2010 that affected the hydraulics and fuel systemsIt made a successful emergency landing at Blackpool. However, the internal damage was so severe it was retired from service.

 

The successful emergency landing was a testament to the meticulous maintenance and rigorous training that are integral to the Red Arrows' operations. This incident not only underscored the exceptional training of its pilots but also highlighted the remarkable engineering of the Hawk T.1 jet.

 

Tail section of Red Arrows Hawk T1A XX260 outside hangar 2 at the Ulster Aviation Society

The Red Arrows Display team has been using the Hawk T.1 since 1979, and XX260 was one of the most famous planes flown by the team due to its bird strike.

 

The aircraft is powered by a single Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk 861 turbofan, which produces 5700lb of thrust. It can travel at an impressive maximum speed of 645 mph and can reach a top speed of Mach 1.2 while diving.

Having served as an integral part of the Red Arrows' fleet, this magnificent aircraft has soared across countless skies, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of millions.

 

Its sleek design, powered by a reliable (when birds aren't sucked in the front) Adour 861 turbofan engine, enables gravity-defying manoeuvres, making it an epitome of power and agility.

Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk 861 turbofan engine from Red Arrows Hawk T1A XX260 at the Ulster Aviation Society
Forward electronics including Range and Bearing Units in Red Arrows Hawk T.1 XX260 at the Ulster Aviation Society

The UAS is honoured to showcase this magnificent aircraft, as it represents the epitome of the precision and skill of its pilots.

Today, XX260 has found a new purpose as part of the Ulster Aviation Society's heritage collection. This transition from active duty to a static display is a fitting tribute to its past.

 

As a visitor you'll no doubt admire this iconic aircraft and be granted a unique glimpse into its history, from its days soaring with the Red Arrows to the pivotal emergency landing that solidified its legacy.

 

Whether you're an airshow fan, an aviation geek, or a young dreamer with aspirations to conquer the skies, the UAS promises an unforgettable journey into the realms of aerial wonder with the Hawk and other aircraft.

 

Come and be a part of the aviation heritage... be inspired, and let your dreams take flight!

Manufacturer: 
BAe Systems

Model: 

Hawk T1A

Operating Life: 

1974 - current

Registration: 

XX260

UAS Location: Hangar 1

Served with: RAF Red Arrows Display Team

Maximum Speed:
639mph at 30,00 ft / 
Mach 0.84 at altitude
Mach 1.2 in a dive


Range: 1,565 miles

Engines: 
1 x Turbomeca Adour Mk 861

Service Ceiling:
44,500ft (13,565m)

Length & Height:
12.43m (40ft 9") x 3.98m (13ft 1")


Wingspan:
9.94m (32ft 7")

Rate of Climb: 
47m/s (9,3000ft / min)

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Image: MARK J. CAIRNS

Drone shot of the Red Arrows Hawk above the Ulster Aviation Society hangars, in Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Drone Image: EDGAR ENGLAND

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