Wensleydale business moves Red Arrows aircraft

A Wensleydale haulage firm was given an unusual task last week when it moved two aircraft used by the Red Arrows.

Metcalfe Farms collected the jets from RAF Scampton, which was the home of the famous unit from 1983 until its closure last year.

The two aircraft collected by the Leyburn-based hauliers were a Folland Gnat T1, which were the first jet used by the Red Arrows until 1979.

This particular jet was flown until a heavy landing in 1975 when it was retired and put on display at the gates of RAF bases and in a Red Arrows heritage display.

The second aircraft is a replica Hawk jet, which was used as an RAF recruiting aid at events.

Both aircraft, which do not have engines fitted, are being auctioned off as they are no longer needed.

Metcalfes moved the aircraft to their Leyburn depot for storage until they are bought by their new owners.


An online auction is taking place here, with the Hawk already attracting more than 50 bids with £20,000 already being offered for the jet.