Percival Prentice Arrives At Cosford

Percival Prentice Arrives At Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford recently took delivery of an RAF Percival Prentice that was flown in to RAF Cosford by pilot Ben Cross from Coventry.

The aircraft was then towed up to the Museum’s Michael Beetham Conservation Centre (MBCC) where it will undergo a short period of conservation and preparation work before it goes on permanent display to the public.

This latest acquisition is one of 349 Prentice two-seat basic trainer aircraft built for RAF service in 1949 and is now one of only 17 Prentice survivors worldwide.  Most pilots who trained during the 1948-1953 period did their basic flying instruction on this type of aircraft until it was replaced by the more powerful and effective Percival Provost in 1953.

Tim Wallis, MBCC Manager says “The Prentice is one of the services well known flight trainers.  It has been at Cosford during its operating life and we are looking forward to getting her back towards her operational appearance”.

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is open daily from 10am – 6pm.  Entry to the Museum is FREE.  For further information, please call the Royal Air Force Museum on 01902 376200 or visit the Museum website


Date Posted: 14th October 2009

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