The Hawk T Mk 1 was developed by Hawker Siddeley; today part of BAE Systems; to equip the Royal Air Force training units in the second half of the 1970’s. Since 1980; thanks to its performing qualities enhanced by the Rolls Royce Adour engine and its incredible manoeuvrability; the Hawk is used by the R.A.F. “Red Arrows” aerobatic team. The airplane is the same as the one used by the Royal Air Force for training; with further improved mechanics to provide even quicker command response times. Furthermore smoke generators have been inserted which are used during exhibitions; allowing for 5 minutes of white smoke; 1 minute of red smoke and 1 minute of blue smoke. From the time of their creation in 1965; the “Red Arrows” have participated at more than 4;000 manifestations in over 52 countries; becoming one of the most famous aerobatic teams in the world.