Our Short Bros Tucano is a two-seat turboprop engineered and built by Short Brothers, who operate out of Belfast, Ireland. It’s a cousin of the Brazilian Embraer EMB-312 Tucano and is predominantly used as a multipurpose trainer. The main operator of the aircraft is the RAF.
The first standard unit (T.Mk 1) flew on December 30th, 1986, and the release of the plane followed a year afterward. Between 1988 and 1993, the Tucano was delivered and integrated into the Royal Air Force. Additionally, both Kenya and Kuwait purchased about two dozen (collectively) Short Brother Tucanos, where the Kuwait Airforce customized their planes for combat.
With a wingspan of 37ft, a top speed of 274 knots, and a service ceiling of 34,000ft, the Tucano is the perfect basic trainer to prepare pilots for faster, heavier-hitting jets. In the RAF Linton-on-Ouse, students have to log 130 hours on the Tucano before advancing to the Hawk T2 or RAF Valley.