Imported into Australia in November, 2003 registered as G-GNAT with TTIS: 3200.55 hours.
Fatigue Index: 161.25847.
Fatigue Index Life Limit: 203.5.

Engine: Rolls Royce Orpheus 101/01, serial number: 410132.
Engine hour TSO: 656.20.
Engine hours TBO: 800.
Engine Time to overhaul: 143.8 hours.
Speeds: 520 knots IAS / Mach 0.92.
Supersonic Range in a shallow dive Mach 1.15-1.25.
Cruise 360 knots/2,000'/84% RPM.

Initial rate of climb 20,000'/minute, brakes release to 20,000' in 3 1/4 minutes, roll rate of 570 degrees/second.

Range: 900 nm at 41,000'.

With performance like this no wonder the Folland Gnat is referred to as the Ferrari of the sky.


Max speed without slipper tanks
Mach 0.92
972 KMH
Max permissible height
48,000 FT
14,630 M
Max range without slipper tanks
450 NM
833 KM
Max weight for take-off and all forms of flying
9,350 LB
4241 KG
Overall length
37 FT 10 IN
11.5 M
Wing span
24 FT
7.3 M
10 FT 6 IN
3.2 M

The Gnat was very different in design, concept and performance from the aircraft previously used by the RAF flying training schools. It had originally been conceived as a single seat light fighter and was used in that capacity by the Indian and Finnish air forces. Through its role in the RAF was essentially advanced flying training, with only a secondary operational capability, the Gnat remained far more a two seat fighter than the conventional idea of a two seat trainer.