Tucano Farewell Part I - Calling time on the ‘Tin Can’

 

For the Royal Air Force, 2019 sees the retirement of two very different but equally important aircraft types. The Tornado GR4 bowed out in March, while the Shorts Tucano T1 is now into its last months of operation. Derek Bower charts the history of the aircraft that helped to train most of today’s RAF frontline fast jet pilots.

The Royal Air Force Tucano was born out of a requirement to replace the BAC Jet Provost Basic Fast Jet Training (BFJT) aircraft. This process began with the issue of Air Staff Target 412 (AST.412) that saw no fewer than 17 types being considered for the role.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.