BAC Jet Provost T5 (XW324 / G-BWSG) from Jet Aerobatics at the RIAT 2019, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)
The BAC Jet Provost is a British jet trainer aircraft that was in use with the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1955 to 1993. It was originally developed by Hunting-Percival from the earlier piston engine-powered Percival Provost basic trainer, and later produced by the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).
In addition to the multiple RAF orders, the Jet Provost, sometimes with light armament, was exported to many air forces worldwide. The design was also further developed into a more heavily armed ground attack variant under the name BAC Strikemaster.
Countless Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots - and, indeed, navigators - learned their trade on the Jet Provost, retired from service over two decades ago. The Hunting Jet Provost T1 that started the line with a maiden flight in 1954 was a conversion of the piston-engined Percival Provost, but soon it was developed into something rather more, and the rest is history. It was developed through successive marks, culminating in the T5, and 741 examples were built, mainly for the RAF but also a number of export customers. Many 'JPs' have ended up in private hands following retirement from service, among them 1970-vintage BAC Jet Provost T5 serial XW324, owned by Jeff Bell and operated by Jet Aerobatics. This immaculate example is marked in the colours it wore while serving with No 6 Flying Training School at RAF Finningley (now Doncaster Sheffield Airport) between 1975 and 1993, largely on navigational training duties.
The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.