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Target Rolling: Llanbedr Airfield

by
Wendy Mills




T3A - XM475 - No.7 FTS Church Fenton, now RAF FSCTE, Manston
Lining up to the runway hash marks, this solo T3A pilot approaches slowly for a touch-and-go practice landing. Note the small wing tip fuel tanks.


TYPE
two seat basic trainer/ light strike aircraft


MANUFACTURER
Hunting/B.A.C. - British Aerospace.


ENGINE
(T.5) single Bristol Siddeley Viper 201 turbojet 2,500lb (1,134kg) thrust


DIMENSIONS
  • span : 36'10"(11.23m)
  • length : 33'8.5"(10.27m)
  • height : 10'11.5"(3.34m)
  • wing area : 213.7sqft(19.79m²)



WEIGHTS

  • empty : 4,658lb(2,100kg)
  • loaded : 6,650lb(3,012kg)
  • maximum : 7,300lb(3,306kg)



PERFORMANCE

  • max speed at sea level : 390mph(627km/h)
  • at 20,000' : 440mph(708km/h)
  • ceiling : 44,000ft(13,410m)
  • range : 600miles(967km)



FIRST FLIGHT

  • prototype : 16th June 1954
  • entered service as T.1 : August 1955
  • followed by T.2, T.3, T.4, and then T.5 on : 3rd September 1969
  • Strikemaster : 1967



AVIONICS

  • VOR VHF omnidirectional ranger
  • ILS Instrument Landing System
  • DME Distance Measuring Equipment



WEAPONS

  • two 0.303" guns
  • six 60lb or twelve 25lb rockets
  • two 100lb or eight 25lb bombs
  • maximum 3,000lb(1,360kg) on four underwing strongpoints



NOTES
Developed by Hunting from the piston-engined Percival Provost basic trainer. Made in great numbers for the RAF and many countries overseas. Developed again into the Strikemaster multi-role trainer & attack version with more powerful engines. Recently the remaining T.3A and T.5A airframes have been replaced by the Tucano in the RAF inventory. The Tucano uses eight times less fuel than the Provost, and achieves similar performance figures. The Provost has proved a rugged and reliable aircraft over many years. Remaining examples are used for training of ground handling, notably at RAF Cosford.

Additional notes kindly provided by Dave Weininger, who should know, he owns a T.5!
The T.3 was the first (and most numerous) Jet Provost. It was equipped with the RR Viper 101 engine, unpressurized, had small tip tanks and a low canopy which moved straight back. The T.4 was a higher performance version with the bigger RR Viper 201 engine but the same airframe, almost all of the T.4's are fatigued out (there are perhaps 3 airworthy examples remaining). The T.5 was a navigational/bomber trainer which used the RR 201 engine in a redesigned airframe which was pressurized, had a large upwards-sliding canopy, larger tip tanks and updated avionics. When the T.4's fatigued out, they were replaced with the T-5A which was like the T-5 but added modifications to improve aerobatic performance, no tip tanks, spin strakes, roughened leading wing edges, a slat above and a fence under the engine intakes. Another derivitive is the 167 Strikemaster, a ground attack airplane built for export with the T-5 airframe, a 3500# engine, upgraded brakes and armor. The "hot plane" of the lot is the 167 Strikemaster with the armor removed.



T3A - XN500 - No.1 FTS RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Waiting for clearance to roll out onto the runway threshold, this student is alone for a cross country trip back to Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire.