16 Nov First delivery of UK MFTS aircraft
The first pair of Grob 120TP aircraft have been successfully delivered to Affinity a short 9 months after contract award earlier this year. These aircraft form the cornerstone of the UK Military Flying Training System as the Elementary Flying Training aircraft, giving student pilots the first taste of military aviation. The aircraft arrived into the home of military flying training, RAF Cranwell, for a short refuel stop before completing their journey to RAF Barkston Heath, where they will begin providing flying training to Navy, Army and RAF pilots next year. Marking a distinct change in training aircraft, the Grob 120TP comes complete with a fully digital cockpit, retractable undercarriage and a turbo prop engine, all the better to prepare the modern military student pilot for their frontline aircraft.
All photos courtesy of Jamie Hunter