Farewell to the Tucano


The Tucano is bowing out of RAF service after three decades. Peter R Foster remembers its development and how it has helped train pilots and navigators for the front line.

The RAF introduced a wraparound allblack colour scheme on training aircraft in 1996, claiming it improved visibility in most conditions. The yellow stripes to break up the outline were added to Tucanos at a later date.
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The Tucano entered RAF service in June 1988 with the Central Flying School (CFS) some 31 years ago. During its UK career this nimble yet robust little aircraft has provided a continuous supply of high-calibre pilots not only for the RAF and Royal Navy but for a number of other friendly countries as well.


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