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  Jet Provost 
 A99-001
 Photo; Australian National Aviation Museum 
 via Historic Australian Aircraft
     
 

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  Just one Jet Provost served in the RAAF, that being a T Mk 2 model which was chartered to enable the service to evaluate "all through" jet training.

The aircraft, serial A99-1, was used by No 35 Pilot Training Course at No 1 Basic Flying Training School, Point Cook, and two students were selected to be trained on the "JP" while the remainder of the course learned to fly on the Winjeel.  

Acceptance trials were carried out by O35028 FLTLT John.A.Paule under the guidance of Hunting ‘s Chief Test pilot Stanley.B.Oliver and the two 35 Pilot Training Course students were Cadet Brian Morgan and Cadet C.V Smith.

Paule was one of the Instructors  on 35 Pilot Training Course and was also the pilot in command when the aircraft suffered minor damage during a ground incident at Point Cook.

At the end of the six-month course, the aircraft was returned to de Havilland before being presented to the Sydney Technical College as an instructional airframe.

Further Jet Provosts were not ordered by the RAAF; instead the service continued to use the Winjeel and Vampire, until the Vampire was replaced by the Macchi MB-326 in 1967.

Had the Jet Provost been ordered by the RAAF as a Vampire replacement, the plan would have been for de Havilland at Bankstown to build the type after the order for the the RAAF's Vampire 35's had been completed.

 
     
   
Aircraft Serial. c/n Aircraft History
A99-001 PAC/84/012 Built by Hunting Percival in early 1956 as a P-84 Jet Provost T2,
26/03/1956 Registered G-AOHD to Hunting Aircraft Ltd, Luton Airport for use as a company demonstrator aircraft.
21/07/1956 Flown to 4th place in the 1956
Royal Aero Club "British Lockheed International Aerobatic Competition" by Richard Wheldon,

FIFTEEN entries have been accepted by the Royal Aero Club for the British Lockheed International Aerobatic Competition, to be held at Coventry Civic Aerodrome, Baginton, on July 20-21 1956. Among them are the three Frenchmen who gained first, second and third places last year, M. Leon Biancotto, M. Alain Hisler and M. Francois d'Huc-Dressler, and a woman pilot, Miss C. M. Segado from the Argentine. All five British competitors in the under 1,750 kg category will use Tiger Moths. This competition, now being flown for the second time, will form part of the National Air Races meeting. Each competitor is allocated five minutes for his performance, which must include a loop, a slow roll and a half-roll off the top of a loop, plus other aerobatics of his own choice. Eliminating trials are to be flown on Friday evening, July 20, and six competitors will be selected to fly in the final the next day. The three prizes are: £500 and the trophy; £300; and £200. The awards are donated by the Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Co., Ltd. Pilots and their aircraft are as follows:

Group 1, aircraft over 1,750 kg (3,858 lb).

Great Britain: G. Worrall (Gloster Meteor 7/8), R. G. Wheldon (Hunting Percival Jet Provost).

Group 2, aircraft under 1,750 kg.

Great Britain: F. S. Symondson, C. A. Nepean Bishop, F. C. Fisher, J. W. Tomkins, J. Pothecary (all on Tiger Mouis).
France: A. Hisler (Morane 230), L. Biancotto (Stampe S.R.7B), F. d'Huc-Dressler (Stampe S.V.4C), C. Dorgeix (Stampe).
Spain: J. L. Aresri Aguirre (C.A.S.A. 1-133 Jungmeister).
Czechoslovakia: J. Blaha (Moravan Z.226).
Argentina: S. Germano (Focke-Wulf Stieglitz), Miss C. M. Segado (Focke-Wulf Stieglitz).

14/09/57 Noted at RAF Little Rissington,
April to August 1958 South American Sales tour (Via Trinidad),
05/04/58 Arrived crated in Trinidad,
09/04/58 to 20/04/58 Assembled by S.Ashby, (Hunting Aircraft Service Engineer), F.Ashley (Armstrong Siddeley Service Engineer) & Richard."Dick".N.Rumbelow. (Hunting Percival Test Pilot Engineer),
21/04/58 First flight after re-assembly,
28/04/58 Flown from Trinidad to Caracas, Venezuela by Rumbelow & Ashley, (1 Hour 55 Mins/340 n.m.),
Six Venezuelan Air Force officers evaluated the aircraft at Marracay,
08/05/58 Flown to Bogotá, Columbia via Maracaibo, (2 Hours),
Replaced unserviceable radio,
20/05/58 Flown to Cali, Columbia,
23/05/58 Flown to Quito, Ecuador,
29/05/58 Flown from Quito to Talara, Peru and then Chiclayo and Lima,
Trained five Peruvian Air Force students to solo standard,
28/06/58 Departed Lima to Santiago Chile with refuelling stops at Pisco, Arequipa, Arica, Antofagasta & Vallenar,
Aerobatic demonstration at El Bosque,
02/07/58 Ten Chilean Air Force officers given demonstration flights,
03/07/58 Flew to Mendoza, Argentina,
04/07/58 Flown to Cordoba, Argentina, for demonstrations
04/07/58 Replaced damaged flap interconnecting rod,
08/07/58 To Buenos Aires, Argentina,
13/07/58 Flown to the Argentine Navy Flying training School at Bahia Blanca,
Aircraft returned to Buenos Aires,
19/07/58 Flew to Montevideo, Uruguay Rumbelow with D.M.Bay as passenger,
Demonstrated at Carrasco airfield,
25/07/58 Flown from Montevideo to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with refuelling stops at Pelotas, Porto Allegre, Curitaba and Sao Paulo,
Demonstrated at the training school at Campos dos Afonsos,
02/08/58 By special permission, Rumbelow carried out an aerobatic display over Copacabana Beach, as the final display of the tour,
Further demonstration flights were given to Brazilian Air Force officers at Santos Dumont,
12/08/58 Final flights of the South American tour,
12/08/58 Commenced crating aircraft for return to Luton, UK.


The Tour in General. Apart from demonstrating the skill of Rumbelow as a pilot, navigator and flying instructor, and of Ashby and Ashley as service engineers, the tour bore witness to the exceptional reliability of the Jet Provost and its Viper engine. Six to seven thousand miles from its home base, with only two suitcases of spares, the aircraft carried on consistently day in and day out. One instrument was replaced, two navigation light filaments, a pair of rubber seals in the brakes, one flap-interconnecting rod, and two main wheel tyres. Fifty- and 100-hour schedules were carried out, in each case on a Sunday with no interruption to the flying programme. A welding repair was effected on the jet tail-cone at Montevideo, again without delaying the programme. During the tour a total of 123 people flew in the aircraft. In some 8,400 miles' transit flying nine countries were visited and 27 airfields used. Total flying time was 178 hours in 268 flights. No fewer than 630 landings were made; this is explained partly by the ab initio experiment in Peru and partly by the fact that demonstration of the circuit and landing characteristics was deemed important everywhere. The expedition was directed by D. M. Bay, Deputy Sales Manager, who was accompanied by A. N. Kingwill, Services Liaison Officer.


Shipped from Argentina to the UK and remained crated after arrival at Luton,
Early 1959 Crated aircraft sent from Luton, UK to Bankstown, Australia,
Early April 1959 Assembled in Australia by de Havilland, Bankstown for the first time since it's South American Sales tour,
??/??/59 Ordered by the RAAF from de Havilland via Order No. ABO "E" 5/36,
20/04/59 Issued by de Havilland, Bankstown to RAAF Canberra,
20/04/59 Delivered to the RAAF, fitted with Viper ASV-58 ASV-L-1515,
28/04/59 Issued to Canberra ex de Havilland, Bankstown.
07/05/59 Held at Point Cook.
??/??/59 Ground incident RAAF Point Cook, Pilot Flt Lt John.A.Paule.
Damage to port undercarriage repaired.
30/11/59 To De Havilland at Bankstown.
07/12/59 Charter arrangements terminated.
11/08/1961 Registration G-AOHD cancelled.
??/05/61 Presented to the Sydney Technical College, Ultimo as an instructional airframe.
??/??/83 To Richard E. Hourigan, Melbourne VIC,
??/??/85 Held by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook VIC in storage.

RAAF Form E/E.88 Aircraft Status Card 

 
     
 

Jet Provost 
G-AOHD
Photo via Brendan Cowan Jet Provost 
G-AOHD 
(A99-001)
Photo via Brendan Cowan  Jet Provost 
A99-001
RAAF Photo  Jet Provost 
 A99-001
 Photo; Australian National Aviation Museum 
 via Historic Australian Aircraft  Jet Provost 
A99-001
RAAF Photo  Jet Provost G-AODH 
Soon after RAAF Service as A99-001 
(via Brendan Cowan)

Jet Provost T2 
A99-001 G-AOHD 
RAAF Point Cook  
Photo Brendan Cowan  Jet Provost T2 
A99-001 G-AOHD 
RAAF Point Cook  
Photo Brendan Cowan  Jet Provost T2 
A99-001 G-AOHD 
RAAF Point Cook  
Photo Brendan Cowan  Jet Provost T2 
A99-001 G-AOHD 
RAAF Point Cook  
Photo Brendan Cowan  Jet Provost T2 
A99-001 G-AOHD 
RAAF Point Cook  
Photo Brendan Cowan

 
     

The Authors of this Brendan Cowan

Source: http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum, The Age Newspaper 2 March, 1959, Aircraft Magazine May 1959, National Archives of Australia, RAAF Form E/E.88, www.airportdata.com , Air Britain, www.caa.co.uk , The Aeroplane - 21 November 1958, http://www.german-aerobatics.com/GAProfilDisplaySmall.aspx?GUID=Wheldon,%20Richard , Flight 21 November 1958,

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Updated 28 June 2015

 

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