An iconic Red Arrow Hawk aircraft has gone on display, and it is the only one to be exhibited in a UK museum.

The British Aerospace Hawk T1A, which was flown by the Red Arrows, has been acquired by National Museums Scotland and will be permanently at the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

The iconic aircraft has been donated by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) through RAF Heritage.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Steven Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff said: "The RAF in Scotland has excellent links with National Museums Scotland.

"In this, the RAF's 100th year, we seek to commemorate, celebrate and inspire.

"I can think of no better place than the National Museum of Flight for a Red Arrows Hawk to be displayed and help promote these themes."

Iconic Red Arrow Hawk T1A To Go On Display
Built in 1980, the aircraft was used by the Red Arrows from 1985 until 2012.

It will sit alongside a Concorde, an aircraft with which the Red Arrows displayed on many occasions.

Concorde and the Red Arrows flew in formation over Edinburgh on 1 July 1999 to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament.

The Hawk to go on display is exactly the one flown on that historic day by then-‘Red 1’, Wing Commander Simon Meade, who was reunited with his aircraft at the opening.

Iconic Red Arrow Hawk T1A To Go On Display
The Hawk's arrival caused a lot of excitement and the museum is pleased to finally have one of its own.

Aircraft manufacturer Hawker Siddeley designed and built the Hawk as an advanced training aircraft for RAF fast jet pilots.

The prototype first flew in 1974 and the aircraft then entered RAF service in 1976.

More than 1,000 have been sold worldwide including to the UK, Canada, Australia, Finland and Zimbabwe.

The Hawk T1 version is currently used by the RAF for fast-jet pilot advanced training.

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