Landlord Jet Provost T Mark Three

RAF Jet Trainer Finds New Home In Pub Garden

Landlord Paul Greig says he had always dreamed of owning his own aircraft.

Landlord Jet Provost T Mark Three

The aircraft was purchased for £1,000 between ten friends. (Image: SWNS).

A 30ft vintage RAF jet has found an unlikely home in a pub garden.

Paul Greig, who owns The Standard in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, says he had always dreamed of owning his own aircraft.

Aircraft enthusiast Paul spotted an advert online for a retired 1966 Jet Provost T Mark Three selling with a price tag of £1,000.

Along with nine friends who contributed out £100 each, Paul purchased the aircraft, and because Paul had the most available space it ended up in his beer garden in North Yorkshire.

Some enthusiasts have travelled from as far as the Netherlands to get a glimpse of the vintage aircraft.

Paul, 53, said: "The best part of the day is watching people come in and gasp, saying is it real? Can it fly? How did you land it here?

"We get customers coming all the way from Holland to see it - they're amazed it's just sat in the back of the beer garden."

He added: "It's honestly the best £100 I have ever spent, and that's not just because of the increase in customers, but we've not stopped working on it since."

Landlord Jet Provost T Mark Three
Before Paul acquired the aircraft, it had spent five years in a field. (Image: SWNS).

The jet had flown out of RAF Linton-on-Ouse in the early 1960s.

The previous owner had also saved it from scrap when he bought it from a museum in South Wales after it closed.

Paul said: "I basically wanted to stop it from being put on the scrap heap and the bloke that was selling it wanted to downsize after his wife had died."

"It’s a bit of British aviation heritage which I couldn't let go to waste."

Jet Provost aircraft were used as jet trainers and Paul's model was built in Luton as an RAF jet trainer.

The plane entered service in 1960 at Linton-on-Ouse and was used until 1973.

Mr Greig and his friends have spent hundreds of hours doing up the aircraft, working on the project at weekends.

Following a restoration, the plane is now equipped with fully working cockpit and landing lights.

He said: "My garden was the biggest, so I decided to put it in - it took just half a day to crane it over from the neighbour's yard in four pieces.

"The plane had been painted over and painted over and we stripped it all back and worked and worked on it.

"We are all complete amateurs but have a love for aircrafts - it's a real hobby and we enjoy working on it."