No RAF Tutor solo display in 2021 due to “technical issues”

The Royal Air Force will not field its Grob Tutor T.1 solo display this year due to unspecified technical issues, it was announced today.

Photo: James Connolly

A post on the team’s official Twitter account read: “It is with much sadness that I must announce that there will be no RAF Tutor display this year. Due to ongoing technical issues with the Tutor aircraft it is not feasible to run a display this year. Hopefully we will see you all again in 2022!”

The Grob 115E Tutor is the UK military’s elementary flying trainer, and is one of the RAF’s longest-standing solo display teams. The RAF has around 90 Grob Tutors in service, with the type entering service in 1999, but it is being replaced in some roles by the Military Flight Training System’s much newer fleet of Grob Prefects.

This year’s display pilot was once again due to be Flt. Lt. Neil Owczarkowski, who has been the team’s pilot since 2019.