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Jet Provost T3

The 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Jet Provost - originally a Hunting product, later part of the British Aircraft Corporation stable - is marked in 2014. The Jet Provost T3 was the first volume production variant, deliveries to the RAF commencing in 1958, and allowed for the achievement of a notable milestone when, in 1960, there was completed the service's first 'all-jet' training course. Since the type's early-1990s retirement from RAF service, many Jet Provost T3s have ended up in civilian hands, and two will be on display in the RIAT 2014 static park. That of the Newcastle Jet Provost Group, flown regularly by Neil McCarthy, appears in its original No 1 Flying Training School markings, while G-BKOU/2 Ltd's machine from North Weald is in civilian colours.

Photo credit: Andy J Donovan

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