RN Hawk jets resume flying


Hawk jets from 736 Naval Air Squadron have resumed flying, after operations with the aircraft were temporarily paused following a crash in Cornwall, Forces Net reports.

In a tweet, RNAS Culdrose said the two Royal Navy pilots are “doing fine”, having been taken to hospital after their Hawk jet crashed in the St Martin area, near Helston, during a training exercise on Thursday 25 March.

The crew from the 736 Naval Air Squadron, based at RNAS Culdrose at Helston, Cornwall, ejected from the jet during the incident.

It comes after the Royal Air Force decided to resume flights with the Hawk T1 aircraft.

The two-seater Hawk T1 is the same model of jet used by the Red Arrows and is among UK aircraft to be retired over the coming years, following the Defence Command Paper‘s announcements.

The Red Arrows had also confirmed that the jet has resumed flying.

Hawk T1 flying operations were earlier paused “as a precautionary measure, while investigations are ongoing”.

It has also been announced that the UK and Qatar have chosen RAF Leeming as the base for a new joint training squadron, following the Middle Eastern country’s purchase of nine Hawk jets.

As part of a developing bond between the two air forces, the North Yorkshire base will benefit from refurbishment and host the unit, working with the Qatar’s Hawk T2 variant fleet.



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