Percival Provost P.56 Trainer
The Percival P.56 Provost was designed in response to a British specification for a introductory trainer in the late 1940s. First flying on February 24, 1950 the Provost was a low wing monoplane with a fixed tailwheel & undercarriage and featured side by side seats. The Provost entered service with the RAF in 1953 and it had more than twice the power of its predecessor with higher performance and better maneuverability. The Provost flew with the RAF until the early 1960s, when it was replaced by the Jet Provost with a few continuing in service until the last example was retired in 1969. The Provost underwent a major redesign that became Jet Provost trainer which eventually evolved into the Strike Master multi role trainer and light attack aircraft. Production ended in 1956 after 461 aircraft were completed. At least five Percival Provosts survived and are in civilian hands. The Percival Provost was flown by Burma Air Force, Iraqi Air Force, Irish Air Corps, Malaysian Air Force, Royal Air Force of Oman, Royal Rhodesian Air Force, Sudanese Air Force and the Royal Air Force. This model shows a Percival Provost flying with the Royal Rhodesian Air Force in the mid 1960s.