T3A - XM475 - No.7 FTS Church Fenton, now RAF FSCTE,
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.
two seat basic trainer/ light strike aircraft
Hunting/B.A.C. - British Aerospace.
(T.5) single Bristol Siddeley Viper 201 turbojet 2,500lb
- span : 36'10"(11.23m)
- length : 33'8.5"(10.27m)
- height : 10'11.5"(3.34m)
- wing area : 213.7sqft(19.79m²)
- empty : 4,658lb(2,100kg)
- loaded : 6,650lb(3,012kg)
- maximum : 7,300lb(3,306kg)
- max speed at sea level : 390mph(627km/h)
- at 20,000' : 440mph(708km/h)
- ceiling : 44,000ft(13,410m)
- range : 600miles(967km)
- 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
- Strikemaster : 1967
- VOR VHF omnidirectional ranger
- ILS Instrument Landing System
- DME Distance Measuring Equipment
- 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
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and T.5A airframes have been replaced by the Tucano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.