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The versatility of an aircraft used to provide basic fast-jet flying training to RAF and Royal Navy student pilots will be demonstrated at the Air Tattoo in July.

Displaying the aircraft will be Flight Lieutenant John Bond "Bondy", 27, who received his Wings with HRH Prince William in March 2008. Bondy's next posting will be to 4(F) Sqn at RAF Valley to complete Tactical Weapons Training on the Hawk T2, before progressing to a front-line squadron. In the future he hopes to fly the Typhoon.

The Tucano T1 is operated primarily from No 1 Flying Training School, at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, to provide basic fast jet flying training to RAF and Royal Navy student pilots before they progress to the Hawk T1 or the new Hawk T2 aircraft at RAF Valley.

The aircraft is used to develop students in a full range of skills, including general aircraft handling, formation flying and low-level navigation and, due to its comprehensive avionics and ice-protection packages, it can be flown in all types of weather, by day and by night.


“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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