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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - PRENTICE T MK 1
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 251 hp de Havilland Gipsey Queen 32 piston engine
Speed: 220 kph, 136mph mph
Range: 640km, 396miles
Seats: 2+1
Length: 9.52m, 31ft 3in
Span: 14.02m, 0ft
Max T/O Weight: 1 905kg, 4,200lb

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
SAAF Museum Historic Flight

Attrition:
No incidents found

Prentice T Mk 1

 
Status: Museum
Manufacturer: Percival
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Utility
 
Description:

The Prentice never served in the SAAF, but the Museum's example was built as VS609 for the RAF in 1949 and served as a basic trainer.

The RAF sold the aircraft in 1956 as G-AOPL and flew from England to South Africa in 16 days in 1957. Flying in South Africa as G-AOPL until 1967, it was then re-registered as ZS-EUS and completely overhauled. After performing an emergency landing on the freeway near Halfway House, Pretoria, in 1968, it became derelict and found it's way to the SAAF Museum.