The BAE Systems Hawk T1 is a single engine jet-powered advanced trainer. Its maiden flight took place in 1974 and with over 900 sold in more than 10 variants it is now in service with over 18 countries. The RAF received 175 T1's which serve as advanced jet and weapons trainer. Since 1979 until present day the famous RAF Aerobatic Display Team the Red Arrows still operate the Hawk T1A. The Hawk T1 is similar to the AMX, F-5 Freedom Fighter and the Alpha Jet.
Hawk T.1 Advanced Trainer XX301 was accepted by the RAF on February 13, 1980 and assigned to No.1 Tactical Weapons Unit (1TWU) at RAF Brawdy wearing a camouflage paint scheme and used for their weapons training.
In July 1984 the aircraft was converted to a T.1A. In 1992 XX301 was sent to 151 & 63 Squadron, 2 TWU at RAF Chivenor. In February 2001 XX301 transferred to FRADU (Fleet Requirements and Air Direction Unit), RNAS Yeovil, May 2009.
XX301 has markings celebrating 100 Years of Naval Aviation.
In June2015 it transferred to 736 NAS, RNAS Culdrose.