The Royal Air Force’s 2013 Tucano Display aircraft is ZF239 based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in North Yorkshire…but this year it looks somewhat different!
A spectacular North Africa paint-job on the 1 Flying Training School/72 (Reserve) Squadron machine has been applied, to honour the latter unit’s Spitfire pilots who fought in the 1943 Mediterranean campaign during World War Two. The pilot for this season is Flt. Lt. Andrew Fyvie-Rae, supported by Display Manager Flt. Lt. Dave Kirby. In 2013 the team flies in support of the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Candlelighters Trust and Leonard Cheshire Disability; all fundraising proceeds will be passed on to these charities.
An official print (pictured) has been launched and can be bought via the team’s website at:www.raf.mod.uk/tucanodisplayteam
Only unsigned prints will be available through mail order, priced at £5 (plus £5 P&P).
The entire range of merchandise, including signed prints, will be available from the Tucano Display Team stand at selected air shows throughout the 2013 season. A full listing of scheduled displays can be found on the team’s website.