Full size aircraft on static display
See some of North Wealds Historic Full Size Aircraft!
We are pleased to welcome various types of historic aricraft including The Folland Gnat, which first flew in 1955 and was primarily used in the UK in its training configuration as well as being chosen for the British Yellowjacks aerobatic team in 1964.
The Folland Gnat
Throughout most of the 1960s and 1970s it was the UK’s key fast jet trainer. Used extensively by 4FTS at RAF Valley, when the final Folland Gnat course was completed on the 24th November 1979, the aircraft of 4FTS had flown more than 157,000 hours and trained 1421 fast jet pilots.
In 1965, when the RAF set up its first big jet aerobatic team, the nimble and striking Gnat was an obvious choice. The jets were painted red and after forming in late 1964 the new team made its first public appearance in 1965 – that team still goes under the same name that it did all those years ago, it is of course The Red Arrows.
Abroad, the Folland Gnat was used in its fighter configuration, serving in the Indian and Finnish Air Forces with great success. In fact, during the 1965 war with Pakistan, Gnats are credited with shooting down seven F-86 Sabre aircraft and it is as a result of that conflict that the little Gnat gained its well deserved nickname – “The Sabre Slayer”
In the late 1970’s the Gnat was superseded in the UK training role by the BAe Hawk T.Mk1, an aircraft that is still in service today
Douglas C-54 Skymaster
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is a Charity Air Ambulance service providing a free, life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. It is not funded by the NHS – only by charitable donations.
The charity aims to save lives, reduce or prevent disability or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service.
Since fundraising began in 1997, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance has flown over 20,000 missions – being deployed, on average, six times per day. The helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV) are based at Earls Colne Airfield and North Weald Airfield.