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Percival Prentice

(RAF Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Percival P.40 Prentice Mk. I, RAF (Serial No. VR227).

The Percival Prentice was a basic trainer of the Royal Air Force in the early postwar period. It is a low-wing monoplane with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage. Front seating was in a side-by-side configuration with a rear seat provided.

An unusual design feature was the provision for three seats. While the instructor and pupil were equipped with dual controls in a side-by-side arrangement in the front, a second pupil sat in the rear seat without controls to receive "air experience". Both pupils could communicate with the instructor. Night flying training was to be carried out in daylight by means of amber screens incorporated into the canopy and the use of special goggles. The amber screens were folded back when not in use.

Several hundred Prentices were ordered for RAF use. Since the Percival factory was concentrating on production of the Percival Proctor and the Merganser light transport aircraft, production was sub-contracted to the Blackburn Aircraft works at Brough Wikipedia

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General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1)
last update: 2021-10-03 20:04:25

Prentice VR189


Known Squadron Assignments:

last update: 2024-February-19
   1948-February-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
   1948-November-10 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07
📙 JA Griffin (2005:Smith, Castle): 1968 591

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