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BAe Systems Hawk

23 January 2017

The BAe (British Aerospace) Hawk is a tremendous success as an advanced jet training aircraft in the United Kingdom as well as a few other countries (e.g., Saudi Arabia, United States). Ross Sharp has written well about this aircraft in this post in his Shortfinals’s Blog.

Pictured in the forground is a 208 Sqn Hawk TMK1 on final approach before landing with two 19 (F) Squadron Hawk TMK1s. With a rich and varied history 208 Squadron (208 Sqn) reformed at Royal Air Force Valley on 4 April 1994 and now operates as part of 4 Flying Training School at the air station. The Sqn has been located in Dunkirk, Egypt, the Middle East and back to the Uk at Honington. Now a reserve Sqn, 208 (R) Sqn forms part of the flying training for fast jet pilots at RAF Valley located on the Isle of Anglesey North Wales. 208 Sqn celebrated their 95th Anniversary with numerous flying spectacles and the Diamond Nine formation pictured is the showpiece illustrating the close formation flying 208 Sqn teaches to the Students.

Pictured in the forground is an RAF 208 Sqn BAe Hawk TMK1 on final approach before landing with two 19 (F) Squadron Hawk TMK1s—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A Royal Air Force Hawk T Mk1/1A display fast jet takes to the skies over RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. The Hawk Display team is the public face of Number 4 Flying Training School (4FTS) based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and their full time mission is to train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy combat pilots of the future. The Hawk display exists to demonstrate the professional excellence of the RAF and promote recruitment to the RAF. Evidence shows that RAF displays have inspired a significant number of people to join the RAF, both as officers and airmen, and to all trades, not just aircrew.

A Royal Air Force Hawk T Mk1/1A display fast jet diving in  the skies over RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A Royal Air Force Hawk T Mk1/1A display fast jet goes vertical in the skies over RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales. The Hawk Display team is the public face of Number 4 Flying Training School (4FTS) based at RAF Valley on Anglesey and their full time mission is to train the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy combat pilots of the future. The Hawk display exists to demonstrate the professional excellence of the RAF and promote recruitment to the RAF. Evidence shows that RAF displays have inspired a significant number of people to join the RAF, both as officers and airmen, and to all trades, not just aircrew.

A Royal Air Force Hawk T Mk1/1A display fast jet going vertical in the skies over RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

The RAF's latest fast jet trainer, the Hawk T2 is pictured during a flight over the beautiful scenery of North Wales. Based at RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, the TMK2 Hawk is designed to train fast jet fighter pilots air combat and tactical weapons use, preparing them for front line operational aircraft like the Typhoon and Tornado.

The RAF’s latest fast jet trainers, BAe Hawk T2 aircraft, in flight over the beautiful scenery of North Wales—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

The RAF's latest fast jet trainer, the Hawk T2 is pictured during a flight over the beautiful scenery of North Wales. Based at RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, the TMK2 Hawk is designed to train fast jet fighter pilots air combat and tactical weapons use, preparing them for front line operational aircraft like the Typhoon and Tornado.

An RAF BAe Hawk T2 breaks right from his wingman—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A Royal Air Force Hawk aircraft during a simulation exercise. These agile jet aircraft are used to replicate the radar signature and method of operation of enemy planes and missiles against Royal Navy ships. This provides invaluable training to Royal Navy warfare specialists including radar and electronic warfare operators.

A Royal Air Force Hawk aircraft manufactured by BAE—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A BAe Hawk T Mk 2 flies high above it's home base at RAF Valley in Wales. The Hawk T2 was officially unveiled by Min(DES) Mr Quentin Davies MP and AOC 22(training) group Air Vice Marshall B M North MA OBE RAF. RAF Valley, Holyhead, Anglesey.

A BAe Hawk T Mk 2 flies high above it’s home base at RAF Valley in Wales—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A specially painted Hawk T1 jet aircraft of the Royal Air Force's 208 Squadron, climbs steeply through the clouds over its home at RAF Valley in Wales. This particular aircraft is the diplay Hawk for 2009 that will be seen by many thousands of people throughout the summer season of aircraft displays across the UK. The underside of this Hawk is painted with the symbol of the RAF Benevolent Fund in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the organisation.

Especially painted with the emblem of the RAF Benevolent Fund in celebration of its 90th anniversary this Hawk T1 jet aircraft of the Royal Air Force’s 208 Squadron, climbs steeply through the clouds over its home at RAF Valley in Wales—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

HAWKS FROM FRADU AT RNAS CULDROSE IN FORMATION OVER ST. MICHAEL'S MOUNT, CORNWALL

BAe Hawks over St. Michael’s Mount in Cornwall—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A specially painted Hawk T1 jet aircraft of the Royal Air Force's 208 Squadron, is pictured flying through the clouds over its home at RAF Valley in Wales. This particular aircraft is the diplay Hawk for 2009 that will be seen by many thousands of people throughout the summer season of aircraft displays across the UK. The underside of this Hawk is painted with the symbol of the RAF Benevolent Fund in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the organisation.

BAe Hawk T1 jet aircraft of the Royal Air Force’s 208 Squadron—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A line of Royal Navy Hawk trainer jets are pictured at RNAS Yeovilton sporting the livery of the 100th Anniversay of flying in the Royal Navy.

A line of Royal Navy Hawk trainer jets sporting the livery of the 100th Anniversay of flying in the Royal Navy—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft are pictured in the livery for the 2010 display season. The jets belong to 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force and are based at RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft of RAF 208 Squadron in the livery for the 2010 display season—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft are pictured in the livery for the 2010 display season. The jets belong to 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force and are based at RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft of RAF 208 Squadron in a vertical break in the livery for the 2010 display season—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft are pictured in the livery for the 2010 display season. The jets belong to 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force and are based at RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales.

Two aerobatic Hawk T1 jet aircraft of RAF 208 Squadron in the livery for the 2010 display season—United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

A line of specially painted Fleet Air Arm Hawk jet aircraft are pictured at RNAS Yeovilton. 2009 is the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation and many events are planned across the country. This image is available for non-commercial, high resolution download at www.defenceimages.mod.uk subject to terms and conditions. Search for image number 45150185.jpg ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Photographer: LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins Image 45150185.jpg from www.defenceimages.mod.uk

A line of specially painted Fleet Air Arm BAe Hawk jet aircraft in 2009 for the 100th Anniversary of Royal Naval Aviation—LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins image/United Kingdom MoD/Crown copyright

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    23 January 2017 07:25

    Thanks for this grand photo-essay, Joe; it took me back. The Hawk is one of my favourite aircraft, and I am delighted that you featured it. I worked on an RAF Station (RAF Finningley) that had two Hawk units in residence, so life was very sweet! By the way, here is a short piece I wrote about the Hawk.

    https://shortfinals.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/the-bae-hawk-an-amazing-success-story/

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 January 2017 12:11

      When will I remember to place your links into posts? I’ll edit tonight, especially since you’ll be seeing Hawks through Thursday this week 🙂

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 January 2017 12:14

      And they do make black look good!

  2. shortfinals permalink
    23 January 2017 19:12

    Thank you, Joe….you might remember that one of my fellow Directors at The People’s Mosquito, Wing Commander Bill Ramsey, RAF(Ret’d) – TPM’s Director of Operations – was Officer Commanding, ‘The Red Arrows’, and also heavily involved with Hawk sales around the world. Now THERE is a Hawk expert!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      24 January 2017 03:47

      Yes absolutely 🙂 Now, I wonder how one goes about selling a Hawk? The technical detail Bill Ramsey must have as well as his flying skills.

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