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RAF Tucano T1 Makes Last Public Display

The aircraft is due to retire from RAF service next month after 30 years.

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The Tucano will be replaced in the fast jet training programme by the Texan T1 (Library picture: RAF).

An RAF training aircraft has taken part in its last public display.

The Tucano T1 is due to retire from RAF service next month after more than 30 years training pilots and navigators.

The aircraft made its farewell appearance at Southport air show over the weekend and were joined by the Red Arrows' longest-serving pilot, Mike Ling.

The former officer who retired from the Royal Air Force earlier this year at the rank of Squadon Leader, posted on Twitter: "A real pleasure to join the Tucano for a couple of passes at the Southport Airshow to bid farewell.

"Privileged to have 1000 hours flying them."

RAF Tucano aircraft made their return to UK air shows this year after a five-year absence as part of the reformed Tucano Display Team.

The Tucano will be replaced in the fast jet training programme by the Texan T1, which completed its first flight earlier this year at RAF Valley.

The Texan has the ability to simulate missions in both fourth and fifth-generation aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning and Typhoon.

The Tucano T.Mk 1 entered service with the Central Flying School at RAF Scampton, for trials, in June 1988.

The first Tucano ab initio course began at RAF Church Fenton with 7 FTS in December 1989.

Students have come to flying the Tucano from the Tutor and progressed on to the Hawk T2.

However, in future the Tucano will be replaced and the fast jet training aircraft progression will be Prefect, Texan II, Hawk T2.