The Hawk T1/A Advanced Trainer is a
single engine, low wing, low cost, twin seat, advanced military jet
powered trainer. The aircraft was originally built by Hawker Siddeley
and later British Aerospace and BAe Systems. The first flight was
completed on 21st of August 1974 and the Hawk was introduced already
back in 1976 to the RAF as the successor to the Hawker Hunter.
The twin seat configuration is a tandem configuration, providing
the aircraft with a slim fuselage that perfectly fits the narrow
Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk. 151 twin-shaft turbofan engine which
creates a dry thrust of 5,200 lbs (23.1Kn).
Even though the aircraft is designed as a trainer aircraft, the T1
can be equipped to an operational level featuring two under-wing
pylons for carrying AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles as well as one
centerline Aden Mk 4 cannon. The aircraft has a max speed of 560 kts, a
service ceiling of 48,000 ft, a range of 1310 nm and is a very agile
military aircraft that has proved successfully as a trainer for now 40
years of service.