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Note: The following is taken word for word from the "Folland Gnat" Brochure.


The Folland Gnat

"In a class all its own"

The legendary "FOLLAND GNAT" was the Advanced British Training Aircraft used by the World famous British "Red Arrows" aerobatic team. It is a high performance, fully aerobatic aircraft which is extremely enjoyable to fly. This particular GNAT is a complete ground up restoration and is flown regularly.

Performance is outstanding with a maximum speed of 1.35 Mach (850 MPH), rate of climb of 10,000 feet per minute, roll rate in excess of 360 per second and a service ceiling of 48,000.

The aircraft is powered by a single Rolls-Royce Bristol Orpheus 101 non-after-burning turbo-jet engine which produces 4,520 pounds of thrust. Fuel burn at 45,000 feet, long range cruise (.83 Mach) is only 135 GPH giving it an endurance of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The height is 10 feet 6 inches, length 37 feet 10 inches and a wingspan of 24 feet with a sweep of 40. Empty weight is 6,050 pounds and a ramp weight of 9,500 pounds which includes 3,050 pounds of fuel (455 gallons) plus room for two pilots.

Bill Kemp described the GNAT in Sports Aviation Magazine:

"The take-off and landing distances are incredible. Most military jets use 4,800 feet but the GNAT gets airborne in 2,000 and lands in 2,200 feet. PHENOMENAL!!! The most impressive figure of all for this little tiger has a climb rate of 10,000 feet per minute. It's like riding a Gazelle who sat in a pot of turpentine."



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