Operation: Central and Eastern USA
Model: Tucano T Mk1
Wing Span: 37' 0"
Length: 32' 4"
Height: 11' 2"
Max Speed: 345 mph
Gross Weight: 6,000 lbs
Power Plant: Honeywell Garrett TPE331-12B
Fuel Capacity: 182 gallons
Tucano T Mk1
Lee Leet owns and operates this beautiful
Short Tucano T Mk1 that is available for airshows, flybys and film.
The Short Tucano is a two-seat turboprop basic
trainer used by the Royal Air Force. It was developed in
order to meet a requirement to replace the Jet Provost
as the basic fast-jet trainer for the RAF. The Short
Tucano was selected in 1985 in preference to the Pilatus
PC-9 and the British Hunting Firecracker.
The Short Tucano is a modified version of the
Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano aircraft, and is built
under license by Shorts Brothers of Belfast. The Short
Tucano is fitted with the more powerful 1,100 shp
Garrett turboprop engine in place of the Embraer's 750
shp Pratt & Whitney PT6 engine to give higher climb
The first Garrett powered Short Tucano flew in Brazil
on 14 February 1986, with the first Shorts built
production aircraft flying on 30 December 1986. The
aircraft handling is similar to that of a jet aircraft.
It is fully aerobatic providing an excellent workhorse
for training fast-jet pilots in all aspects of military
flying. It is used to develop students in a full range
of skills, including general aircraft handling,
formation flying and low-level navigation. Due to its
comprehensive avionics and ice-protection packages, it
can be flown in all types of weather, by day and by
night. The Tucano's all-weather flying capability, plus
its excellent endurance, allows a great measure of
flexibility in the training role.
Lee's aircraft was the second of ten aircraft built
by Embraer in Ireland at the Short Brothers' factory. It
is serial number 0002. Eventually 130 would be delivered
to the RAF. This aircraft
was completed in 1987 and used
for early flight testing. Around 1989 the flight testing
ended and the aircraft became a training aircraft based
at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. At some point in the early 1990s
it was selected as one of two RAF Tucano Demonstration
aircraft. As part of the demonstration team, it received
its current paint scheme with the yellow lines on the
wings and tail surface. After a year as a demonstration
aircraft, the aircraft was transfered back to normal
training service at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. Sometime around
2002 the aircraft was taken out of service and place in
long term storage as part of a larger force reduction of
about 50 Tucano aircraft.
In 2007, 22 of the Tucanos in storage were sold at
auction as a single lot by the British Ministry of
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