Morris Mini Van, The Red Arrows VA01427 (Merchandise)

The Mini Van was used by the UK military in a huge variety of transportation roles. Being economical, reliable and surprisingly capacious meant it was ideal for use on large RAF airfields where its lack of ground clearance wasn't an issue.

The example modelled was used by the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, 'The Red Arrows', in a general transportation role in the early 1970s when the legendary display team were based at RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire, their home between 1966 and 1983.

At this time they were still flying the Folland Gnat, which they used from being formed in 1965 until it was replaced in 1980 by the BAE Hawk they still use today.

In 1964 the Royal Air Force amalgamated its three aerobatic display teams into one premier unit, 'the Red Arrows'.

The name was taken from the Black Arrows team and the colour scheme was a tribute to the Red Pelicans.

While the aircraft chosen to be flown, the Gnat, had been used by the Yellowjacks. The quality of their displays have become famous the world over and becoming a pilot in the Red Arrows is extremely prestigious.

To apply for selection RAF pilots must have a minimum of 1,500 flying hours, have completed a front line tour and be assessed as above average.

The UK military employed the Mini Van in a wide range of transportation capacities. It was the perfect vehicle to operate on huge RAF airfields where its lack of ground clearance wasn't a problem because it was affordable, dependable, and surprisingly spacious.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, "The Red Arrows," used the modelled prototype in a general transportation capacity in the early 1970s when the renowned demonstration team was headquartered at RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire, which served as their base of operations from 1966 until 1983.

They were still using the Folland Gnat at this time, which they had been using from their formation in 1965 until the BAE Hawk, which they still use today, took its place in 1980.

The Royal Air Force combined its three aerobatic display teams into one elite group in 1964, dubbed "the Red Arrows."

Both the name and the colour palette were inspired by the Red Pelicans and the Black Arrows, respectively.

The Gnat, the chosen aircraft, had previously been flown by the Yellowjacks. The Red Arrows are renowned for the calibre of their performances, and becoming a pilot with them is a tremendous honour.

RAF pilots must have at least 1,500 flying hours, have served in the front lines, and be rated above average in order to be eligible to apply for selection.

Every year nine applicants are rigorously tested and three are chosen to replace those that have finished their three year tour.Engine: 998cc 4IL OHV; Power: 38bhp@5250rpm; Torque: 52lb.ft@2700rpm; Payload: 5cwt; Mini vans produced: 344,249.
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Release Date: 20/10/22