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Jet Provost — first built by Hunting Percival then by British Aircraft Corporation (BAC)

4 November 2009

One can only wonder what the costs and logistical challenges there must be in order to maintain a vintage aircraft in flying condition — the parts, access to the proper aviation mechanics, a jet powered airplane is an expensive proposition, etc. How all of it must be that much harder when the aircraft is outside its country of origin?

Such thoughts raced through my mind after I observed a Jet Provost on the ramp in an airport near Miami Florida. An actual Jet Provost!

BAC Jet Provost -- photo by Joe May

BAC Jet Provost — photo by Joe May

BAC Jet Provost frontal perspective -- photo by Joe May

BAC Jet Provost frontal perspective — photo by Joe May

Designed as an advanced trainer, and accepted into service for the Royal Air Force (RAF) from the late 1950s to the early 1990s. It was successful in that mission with its single engine, side by side seating and rugged nature.

BAC Jet Provost rear quarter -- photo by Joe May

BAC Jet Provost rear quarter perspective — photo by Joe May

How fortunate we are that, aside from public and private museums, we have private collectors who preserve aircraft — and keep them flying!

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