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The Folland Gnat was loved by almost every pilot who flew it, yet it was a demandingly complex little machine to master, as Roy Gamblin recounts his first-hand experience



Joining the RAF in 1962, Roy Gamblin’s love affair with the type began in 1963 when he joined the third Gnat course at RAF Valley on Anglesey, Wales, before becoming a qualified flying instructor on the type in 1976. With more than 1,300 hours in the aircraft, he has many fond memories and anecdotes of the type, including a forced-landing in rather difficult circumstances. See FlyPast March 2018. ROY GAMBLIN


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