LINTON-ON-OUSE | The Royal Air Force will bring back the Tucano Solo Display in 2019, it was announced today.
We are bringing back the RAF Tucano Display for 2019. Showcasing excellence in partnership and flying training for almost 30 years! More news to follow!! @RAFGender @RoyalAirForce @RAFTyphoonTeam @RAFTutorDisplay @RAFTucanoTeam Watch 2014 Tucano Display https://t.co/WCOzKCeZA2
— Boss (@72Squadron) December 11, 2018
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.
Meet our display pilot for 2019, Flt Lt Liam Matthews. Liam only completed BFJT and earnt his wings 2 years ago! Now he’s an A2 QFI! Find out more about his story as we work up to the display. #pilot #noordinaryjob @RoyalAirForce @TyphoonDisplay pic.twitter.com/TXz1xhcuCj
— Boss (@72Squadron) December 19, 2018
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.