|"JET PROVOST HEAVEN"|
|THE JET PROVOST T.2|
|[History of the JP2]||[Known survivors]|
Using the last batch of Jet Provost T.1s, Hunting Percival decided to carry out a project to design a T.2 version.
Firstly, trial hydraulic undercarriage units were fitted replacing the long legs employed on the T.1. These were found to wobble on occasions when taxiing, making the aircraft unstable on the ground. A bigger engine was also fitted, the Viper 8 capable of 1750lbs of thrust. Radio and electrical equipment was housed in the nose cone area, and the tail section was re-designed which made the jet-pipe more accessible to ground-crews. Plans to add hard points for light weapons were also made.
XD694 took its first flight as a T.2 on September 1st 1955, and accumulated over 400 flying hours during its flying career, with a large proportion
being spent with 2FTS at Hullavington alongside the other T.1's. Three other T.2s were built by Hunting-Percival, two were registered to the company, G-AOUS and G-AOHD. G-AOUS was the company demonstrator and was fitted with the more powerful Armstrong Siddeley Viper 11 capable of 2500lbs of thrust.
As the T.2's got more time under their belts the reputation of the Jet Provost began to increase still further, and the RAF was beginning to take notice of this newly updated type in addition to the results of the T.1 trials at Hullavington.
Sadly three of the four T.2s built no longer survive.
G-23-1 and G-AOUS were more fortunate. G-23-1 was later given the military serial XN117, and used as the converted prototype TMk3 in ground attack trials in Aden in 1958, but was scrapped in the 1960s. G-AOUS, on its return from Portugal, was employed as a development aircraft in the T.Mk.4 Jet Provost project, but it crashed near Biggleswade on 16th November 1960.
The other T.2 G-AOHD was sent to Australia for trials with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to enable the service to evaluate "all through" jet training. The aircraft was used by the Basic Flying Training School at Point Cook Airfield, and two students were selected to be trained on the aircraft, with the remainder learned to fly on the CAC Winjeel.
The T.2 Jet Provost never made it into production, with only 4 prototype/test examples ever being constructed, but it made an immense contribution in the Jet Provost's development. This was emphasised in 1957 when the RAF formerly adopted the Hunting-Percival Jet Provost and made arrangements for further orders.
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