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Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Date:18-MAR-1958
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic GNAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Folland Gnat
Owner/operator:Folland Aircraft Ltd
Registration: IE1059
MSN: FL7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Destination airport:Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire
Narrative:
first flown 14/8/1957 in "Class B" markings G-39-3, one of six pre-production Gnats delivered by Folland Aircraft to the Ministry of Supply to contract Acft/6/12292. RAF serial XK768 allocated but not taken up, to Indian Air Force as IE1059. Written off (damaged beyond economic repair) 18/3/1958 when belly landed at Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Not repaired, shipped to India as Ground Instructional Airframe. Preserved at Delhi, India

Most recently reported (in August 2010) at Rishu Mandolia/Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. The aircraft is on display in a barbed wire enclosure with a board giving the type's background and performance particulars; it is stated to be an Ajeet but as it only has two underwing hardpoints is far more likely to be a Gnat. Also, the serial number of the aircraft is not in sequence with known serials of Ajeets.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 2001 page 52)
2. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XK
3. Folland Gnat Production list: http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/folland.pdf
4. http://www.demobbed.org.uk/aircraft.php?type=501
5. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/gnat/survivor.php?id=933
6. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/ah1900/fafoprod.html

Media:

Folland Gnat F.1 preserved at the Indian Air Force Museum, New Delhi Indira Gandhi airport, India, 05/02/07. IE1059 (13988467812)

Images:

Photo of IE1059 courtesy AirHistory.net


Delhi - Indira Gandhi International (VIDP / DEL)
December 1992; (c) Dick Lohuis

Revision history:

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23-Jun-2018 19:35 Dr. John Smith Added

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