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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56490
Last updated: 17 November 2020
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Date:03-MAR-1978
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic GNAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Folland Gnat T.1
Owner/operator:CFS (Red Arrows) Aerobatic Display Team Royal Air Force (CFS (Red Arrows) Aerobatic Display Team RAF)
Registration: XR981
C/n / msn: FL578
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kemble (EGBP)
Destination airport:RAF Kemble
Narrative:
Struck ground whilst practising aerobatics, killing both crew. Crew was Flt. Lt. Stephen Edward Noble (pilot) and Wing. Commander. Dennis George Hazell AFC.

The accident involving XR981 happened during pre-season practice, specifically while the team were practicing roll-backs at low altitude. The aircraft ended up inverted and neither occupant left the aircraft. One seat fired, but couldn’t go anywhere. Steve Noble survived initially but died later that day.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20121025182700/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/Folland_Gnat.htm
2. http://www.airfighters.com/photo/71284/M/UK-Air-Force/Folland-Gnat-T-1/XR981/
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1978.htm
4. http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?113328-Red-Arrow-Gnat-serials

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

22 Jul 1964 XR978 4 FTS RAF 0 Llyn Celyn reservoir, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales w/o

Media:

Line up of Red Arrows Gnats at RAF Little Rissington on 7 October 1973: XR981 nearest camera

Images:

Photo of XR981 courtesy AirHistory.net


Upper Heyford (EGUA / UHF) (closed)
19 June 1971; (c) Ian Howat

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jul-2011 00:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 09:02 Anon. Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 13:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
20-Jun-2013 08:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
30-Dec-2019 20:45 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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