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The Grob G 120TP is a twin seat turboprop training aircraft with side-by-side seating and full aerobatic capability, the aircrafts performance means that it can also be used for basic jet training if needed. The aircraft is made of composite materials and has a fully retractable undercarriage. The Grobs controls are similar to frontline military aircraft including Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) controls and has been in production since 2010. It is currently operated by 13 different militaries around the world.
The RAF operate 23 G 120TPs as the Prefect T.1 for elementary flight training. The aircraft are flown by No.57 Squadron as part of No.3 Flying Training School based at RAF College Cranwell. The aircraft are provided by Affinity Flight Training Systems on behalf of Ascent as part of the UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS), a 25-year PFI provided by Lockheed Martin and Babcock.
57 Squadron will be providing one of their Prefects for static display at this year's Air Tattoo. It is planned for the aircraft to be parked together with an example of each type that form the MFTS.
Photo Credit: Peter March