Tucano Farewell Part II - Last days of the Tucano

For the Royal Air Force, 2019 has seen the retirement of the Tornado GR4 in March and now the Tucano T1 – a stalwart of pilot training – is bowing out. In the second part of our Tucano farewell coverage, Jamie Hunter meets the final course of students learning their trade as fighter pilots.

Tucano T1 and Texan T1 [Jamie Hunter]
Tucano T1 ZF515 of No 72 Squadron is joined over the North Wales coast by its successor – Texan T1 ZM327. With the retirement of the Tucano, the BFJT course will in future be concentrated at RAF Valley. Jamie Hunter

Chances are that if you’re a current Royal Air Force or Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fast jet pilot, you will have cut your teeth in the Shorts Tucano T1. With a career of 30-plus years in the Basic Fast Jet Training (BFJT) role, this aircraft has left an indelible mark on the RAF.


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