BAC Jet Provost T5 – XW407, 3 FTS, Swords Aerobatic Team, RAF Leeming 1974
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Sky Max 1/72 scale SM7008: BAC Jet Provost T5 XW407 of 3 FTS Swords Aerobatic Team, RAF Leeming in 1974. Only 600 Produced. The Skymax range is no longer being manufactured, so no more of this excellent casting are ever likely to be made. Complete with optional position undercarriage and cockpit canopy plus display stand.
Length 5.75 inches Wingspan 5.75 inches
The BAC Jet Provost is a British jet trainer aircraft that was in use with the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1955 to 1993. In addition to the multiple RAF orders the Jet Provost, sometimes with light armament, was exported to many air forces worldwide. The design was also further developed into a more heavily armed ground attack variant under the name BAC Strikemaster.
The Hunting Percival Jet Provost was initially developed as a jet engine modification of the piston-engine Percival P.56 Provost, retaining to original wing structure mated to a new fuselage. It was built as a private venture by Hunting Percival Aircraft Limited at Luton Airport and later produced by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)
The P.84 Jet Provost prototype (XD674) first flew at Luton on 26th June 1954 with Dick Wheldon at the controls.
The aircraft was developed in liaison with the RAF Flying Training Command to ensure that it incorporated many of their desired characteristics required, such as easy instructional processes and a low cost of maintenance.
Later flight testing at Boscombe Down refined some of the designs and in February 1955, the first of 10 pre-production aircraft took to the air. Just 3 months later, three aircraft were assigned to the Central Flying School for assessment as an ‘Ab-Initio’ (‘from the beginning’) training role.
110 examples of the pressurised BAC 145 Jet Provost T5 were built by BAC at Warton for the RAF, with export aircraft bringing the total number built to 189. As well as a larger, raised cockpit, most T.5s also have large strakes on the lower side of the fuselage nose.
In October 1967, the new BAC Strikemaster took to the skies and so dawned a new era for this iconic design which had started out as a private venture for Hunting Percival Aircraft over 15 years earlier. The BAC 167 Strikemaster was an armed development of the BAC 145 Jet Provost T5.
Jet Provosts remained in service into the 1990’s and due to its easy, inexpensive maintenance, a number still remain in flying and taxiable condition in private hands today.