Yes, it was the forerunner of the Gnat, but surely this ticks a few boxes: light, manoeuverable, low-cost (potentially): http://www.britishpathe.com/video/worlds-lightest-jet-fighter
The Red Arrows aerobatic team will get new aircraft when their ageing Hawk T1s finally give up the ghost, the British Ministry of Defence said Tuesday. What should replace the Hawks, though? The venerable jet has been the mainstay of the Reds' fleet since 1979, wowing crowds at air shows around the world with their nail-biting …
If it's not the Hawk T2, I think it may be the Scorpion (as mentioned in previous posts).
It's an un known aircraft at the moment that appeared out of nowhere that seems to match many emerging strategic roles that aren't filled as yet.
QuinetQ are currently flying it at the Royal Test Flight School I believe it's called and have yet to see how 'aerobat' it is. The wing looks a lot like a P-51 and we know how aerobat they were / are.
Saying that, I'd love to see some British AeroBoffin build a new airframe for the RR Merlin / Griffin engine that the RAF take up as an advanced trainer to replace the Tucano.
As the engine is not a TurboProp so nothing like the engine controls of a fast jet, it's highly unlikely.
I always liked the Hawker Tempest, partly (as suggested by a previous commentard) because of the model I made of it as a kid, partly because of the stories about being fast enough to fly alongside doodlebugs and tip them over with a wingtip!
So they weren't slowed down at all by the pilot's balls of steel...
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