RAF resurrects Tucano Solo Display

LINTON-ON-OUSE | The Royal Air Force will bring back the Tucano Solo Display in 2019, it was announced today.

72 Squadron RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, last displayed the Tucano T.1 in 2014 and was replaced by a two-ship Hawk T.2 role demonstration team in 2015. That too was disbanded after its first season.

Flt. Lt. Jim Matthews, an A2 Qualified Flying Instructor only completed training himself two years ago, will be the 2019 display pilot.

The Tucano T.1 is a UK-built modified version of the Embraer Tucano, designed in Brazil. The type was selected in 1985 to replace the Jet Provost. It entered service in 1989 and is due for retirement by the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II by the end of 2019.