Hunting-Percival Jet Provost T3 (XN637 / G-BKOU) from G-BKOU/2 Ltd 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.
The 65th anniversary of the first flight of the Jet Provost - originally a Hunting-Percival product, later part of the British Aircraft Corporation stable - is marked in 2019. The Jet Provost T3 was the first volume production variant, deliveries to the RAF commencing in 1958, and allowed for the achievement of a notable milestone when, in 1960, there was completed the service's first 'all-jet' training course. Since the type's early-1990s retirement from RAF service, many Jet Provost T3s have ended up in civilian hands.
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.