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Hello, Sorry but this is my first post on the Forum, although I have been a long time watcher.. My dad was shown this picture by a friend of his, hopefully uploaded. [ATTACH=CONFIG]231585[/ATTACH] I am a bit rusty on aircraft types, so I was wondering if someone help and could identify it please? I thought it might be a British carrier based aircraft, but the shape and the way the cockpit opens has thrown me. Many thanks, S.
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It's a Percival 'Piston Provost' elementary trainer. Not a carrier or front line aircraft. Edit Although Oman and Rhodesia did use some for ground attack. HTH

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Looks like a Hunting Percival 'Piston' Provost ?
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Yes, here's one in ground attack configuration in Oman [ATTACH=CONFIG]231586[/ATTACH] Moggy
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Saw them in the M.U. at Khormaksar in 1961 ,being fitted with .303 machine guns.

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If my recollection is right they were either fitted with only one or at best two and against hoards of wild tribesmen that would probably be about as effective as trying to bring an elephant down with a pea shooter.
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The original photo distinctly shows two rockets under the right wing, similar to the setup that Moggy posted. So it might have been an Omani, armed variant of the Piston Provost then.

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Oh yes didn't see those. That would spoil someone's day.

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Rhodesia used them offensively too, but my money is on an Omani example as evidenced by the Khaki Drill uniform the subject is wearing.

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Draw an East/West line across the south coast of France and it could be anywhere south of theat. The RAF always seemed to be more willing to issue KD in the Med/Middle East than the Army. Poor old squaddies had to suffer Temperate climate uniforms. In Cyprus we were only issued No 6 dress for the visits of high ranking officers, all other posh dress jobs were in No 2 dress. If we wanted comfortable lightweight working dress we had to buy locally for ourselves.