Royal Air Force grounds Hawk T2 fleet due to engine problem

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The Royal Air Force has suspended flights of the Hawk T2 training aircraft after engine problems were identified. 

The issue became apparent after a runway engine incident at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. 

“Post a recent issue on the runway involving an RAF Hawk TMk2 engine, as a precautionary measure, flying has been temporarily paused pending the results of the technical investigation,” an RAF spokesperson told Sky News. 

The issue is reportedly linked to the wearing out of Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk.951 engine blades. 

Designed to provide the RAF with advanced training and marksmanship aircraft, the BAe Hawk first entered service in 1976.  

Since the retirement of the Hawk T1 (except within the Red Arrows) in March 2022, the Hawk T2 has been the RAF’s primary trainer jet.  

A fleet of 28 aircraft is operated by the No 4 Flying Training School at RAF Valley. 

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