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Hypersonic: The Story of the North American X-15
by
D. Jenkins & Tony Landis


 

 

Serial
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Mark
Description
XX162
T1
One of the first two Hawks to be delivered to RAF Valley (with XX163, see below), on the 4th of November 1976, in the original white and red colour scheme.
XX163
T1
Some years later many of the Hawks at Valley had their colour scheme updated with the addition of a smart blue tail and upper surfaces. This aircraft crashed at RAF Valley on 1st July 1993.

XX170

T1
Visiting from nearby Llanbedr, XX170 wears a distinctive red white and blue colour scheme
XX172
T1
On display at an RAF Valley airshow, XX172 belongs to RAF St Athan, the Hawk Maintenance Unit, decorated with an enormous dragon.
XX177
T1
The initial flight training at Valley requires high visibility aircraft, but when pilots move on to the next stage they adopt low visibility gray Hawks. This visiting 100 Squadron example sports target towing equipment.
XX177
T1
XX177 on finals in the original colour scheme
XX178
T1
These days nearly all the Hawks at Valley are either gray or the high gloss black as worn here by XX178, a colour adopted for maximum visibility.
XX184
T1
In contrast this gray Hawk almost blends into the background... or is it just a bad photograph? ;-) This aircraft carries practice Sidewinder missiles.

XX185

T1
Seen undergoing some fairly major servicing, XX185 was the last aircraft of the initial delivery batch to Valley.
XX219
T1A
A few gray Hawks sport coloured tails, in either dark blue, or as seen here on XX219, light blue. Dummy Sidewinders are attached to the wing rails.
XX224
T1
XX224 looking magnificent in red, white and blue
XX225
T1
Decorated with yellow flashes on body and wings, XX225 looks the part as an RAF Valley display Hawk
XX226
T1
Sporting a huge Tiger face on the tail XX226 also took the job of display Hawk one year

 

XX226
T1
Another view of the impressive Tiger head tail
XX226
T1
The same aircraft now sporting a Welsh Dragon on the tail
XX231
T1W
An unusual blue colour scheme for XX231
XX237
T1
A Red Arrows Hawk taxis in, note the large tank containing the coloured dye used to create smoke during the displays
XX242
T1
XX242 wearing the original colour scheme for Valley Hawks

XX249

T1
XX249 carrying markings celebrating the 70th anniversary of 4 FTS
XX307
T1
Certainly the most famous, but possibly not the most attractive colour scheme belonging to the Red Arrows display team
XX317
T1A
Now standard issue at RAF Valley in high gloss black
XX320
T1A
 With colours to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
XX349
T1W
This black Hawk carries a large cannon on its centre line
XX352
T1A
Another light blue tailed Hawk, this one carrying practice bombs
ZJ100
102D
Used by BAe for development work on the Hawk 100, ZJ100 was the first 100 series aircraft to fly with the full range of avionic and structural modifications.
ZJ100
102D
This aircraft has toured the world promoting the Hawk 100, sometimes being painted up in the paint schemes of potential customer's air forces.
ZJ100
102D
And again many years later.
   

Lined up on the ramp at RAF Valley a few years ago, these brightly coloured Hawks will now mostly be painted high gloss black, as below.
In the foreground is their predecessor, the Gnat, now replaced by a Hunter as Gate Guard