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2013 UK Airshows

JAN 29 2013
Airshows>> UK: Exclusive Imagery - 2013 RAF Tucano Display Scheme Revealed

As this exclusive set of imagery reveals, this year's Royal Air Force Tucano display scheme sees a return to 72 Squadron's Spitfire heritage, but this time focusing on operations in Africa.

The 2013 airshow season coincides with the 70th anniversary of 72 Squadron’s involvement in North Africa, in support of the Tunisian campaign during World War II, and 72 Squadron also assisted the Allied 8th Army as it advanced through Italy and France, whilst it was based out of Malta and Sicily.

During this period, 72 Squadron flew the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb, Mk Vc, Mk VIII, and Mk IX; a number of which were painted in Mediterranean Camouflage (Dark Earth, Middle Stone and Azure Blue), which was used to better conceal the aircraft in the more tropical climates of North Africa and Southern Europe.

The early designs of the 2013 scheme were initially produced by designer Jo Gough, while the authentic aircraft paint is currently being produced and supplied by Indestructible Paint Limited. At the moment plans are in place for just a single Tucano (ZF239) to receive the full camo treatment, although discussions are ongoing with regards to an alternative paint scheme for the spare aircraft required for the airshow season, possibly in a similar fashion to that employed last year by the Tucano Team.

There is little doubt that this scheme will prove just as popular as that worn by Flt Lt Tom Bould's two display aircraft during the 2010 airshow season, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and will be a true head-turner as it displays across the UK and beyond.

As ever, this year's display pilot is a 'Creamie' QFI from RAF Linton-on-Ouse and that man is Flt Lt Andrew Fyvie-Rae. “Fyvie”, 28, is a Chemical Engineering graduate from Nottingham University and, in May 2010, having successfully completed Advanced Flying Training at RAF Valley on the Hawk T1, was 'creamed off' and selected to return to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, to become a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) on the Tucano. In August 2012 he was awarded his A2 QFI category and was subsequently selected to be the Tucano Display Pilot for 2013. His next posting will be to 4(R) Sqn at RAF Valley to complete Tactical Weapons Training on the Hawk T2, before progressing to a front-line squadron. In the future, Fyvie hopes to fly the Typhoon.

Fyvie will be ably assisted this year by Display Manager Flt Lt Dave Kirby, a former Tornado GR1 Navigator and C-130 pilot (he flew the Hercules role demo as Captain in 2007), now also a QFI at Linton-on-Ouse. Talking to the team this morning, Fyvie told me:

"We are all waiting eagerly in anticipation of seeing the Tucano painted in this historic livery, it will be a great tribute to 72 Squadron’s long and distinguished operational history. Additionally, we're very much looking forward to displaying at the 2013 airshows and all hoping for another very successful year!"


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2013-02-02 - Neil H
Great article and can`t wait to see the display bird in person.


2013-01-29 - phil charlton
nice one guys as usual. Another scheme to hang about for


2013-01-29 - Peter Fleetwood
Love the scheme, and thanks for all the info explaining it.
As ever, a very informative and well-written article, with some nice images.
Looking forward to seeing the real thing.
PF



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