A Folland Gnat wing from N572XR has hung above the MotoArt Studio since MotoArt owner Dave Hall acquired it in 2011. In 2022, Hall decided it was time to bring it down and share this iconic symbol with the rest of the world. Introducing Folland Gnat PlaneTags from MotoArt.
The iconic Folland Gnat is a small, swept wing subsonic fighter, built in the United Kingdom by Folland Aircraft. The Gnat was designed to be a compact, simplified fighter aircraft that could be manufactured inexpensively and with tools and facilities accessible to less industrialized nations. Gnats were purchased or licensed to build by export customers, including Finland, India, and Yugoslavia who flew the Gnat in both combat and training capacities. 449 were built. They were adopted by the Royal Air Force as trainers, then later flown by their Yellowjacks and Red Arrows aerobatic display teams.
N572XR was built as a Gnat T.1 trainer in 1963 and delivered to the RAF November 1, 1963. It was first used to train RAF pilots in the Fast Jet track, and by August 1974, it joined an elite team of 9 Folland Gnats as part of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. N572XR was part of a world-class aerobatics team representing the speed, precision, and capabilities of the Royal Air Force. After retirement, N572XR was bought by a private owner in 1989. MotoArt was able to secure the original wing, which had been replaced after being damaged. Read more about it on the PlaneTags blog: Folland Gnat: The RAF Red Arrows Display Team Star
The Folland Gnat, with its unmistakable silhouette in the Diamond Nine formation, represents not only the technical skill and aerobatic mastery of the RAF, but also the proud heritage of British aviation. MotoArt is truly honored to offer Folland Gnat PlaneTags. Collect one for yourself or give an amazing gift to your favorite Red Arrows fan.
Gnat T.1 - # XR572
- Manufacturer: Folland Aircraft
- Serial #: XR572
- Crew: 2
- Wing Span: 24 ft 0 in
- Length: 31 ft 9 in
- Height: 9 ft 8 in
- Range: 435 nm
- Cruise Speed: 600 kts
- Ceiling: 48,000 ft
- Empty weight: 5,140 lb
- Max Takeoff: 8,630 lb
- Rate of Climb: 20,000 ft
- Engine: 1 × Bristol Siddeley Orpheus 100 turbojet
Perfect Aviation Gift
- Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal.
- Unique - each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags.
- Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card.
- Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.
*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully
PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.