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Not Much of an Engineer
by
Sir Stanley Hooker



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T1 - ZF240 - No.3 FTS, RAF Cranwell
Flaps down and prop spinning slowly as this T1 comes in to land at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire. Note the engine exhaust pipes behind the nose wheel.


TYPE
tandem two seat basic trainer aircraft


MANUFACTURER
Shorts (Northern Ireland) - Embraer (Brazil)


ENGINE
single Garrett TPE331-12B single shaft turboprop 1,100 s.h.p.


DIMENSIONS
  • span : 37'(11.28m)
  • length : 32'4"(9.68m)
  • height : 11'2"(3.40m)
  • wing area : 208sqft(19.33m²)



WEIGHTS

  • empty : 4,447lb(2,017kg)
  • maximum : 6,393lb(2,900kg)
  • weapons-configured : 7,716lb(3,500kg)



PERFORMANCE

  • max speed at 10,000' : 315mph(507km/h)
  • normal cruise : 276mph(448km/h)
  • ceiling : 35,000ft(10,700m)
  • range : 1,035miles(1665km)
  • with external fuel : 2,061miles(3,317km)



FIRST FLIGHT

  • Brazilian prototype : 14th Feb 1986
  • Shorts built : 30th December 1986



WEAPONS
export version has provision for up to 1,000lbs (454kg) of various weapons on four underwing hardpoints.

NOTES
The RAF version of the Tucano is derived from the EMB-312, designated S312, having a more powerful engine, stronger structure and revised cockpit layout. This includes VHF, UHF and TACAN, and is designed to allow rapid transition to the Hawk jet trainer. 130 have been ordered for the RAF, the last of these was delivered in January 1993. Used by CFS at Scampton, 3 FTS at Cranwell, 7 FTS Linton-on-Ouse, 6 FTS at Finningley.


ROLE
Replaces the ageing Jet Provost as the initial training aircraft for RAF fighter pilots, who will progress to the Hawk which possesses a similar cockpit arrangement. Though it lacks the Provost's speed, it's rate of climb and overall performance is similar, and is much cheaper to run. It is stressed to +6g / -3g with excellent spinning characteristics, and is capable of impressive aerobatic displays.



T1 - ZF344 - No.3 FTS, RAF Cranwell
Note the similarity in cockpit configuration to the BAe Hawk, the next step after the Tucano for the prospective fast jet pilot, unlike the old side-by-side Jet Provost.