AIRCRAFT USED IN TOP GUN OPERATIONS
We specifically chose to fly the Jet Provost Mk5a, Aero L39C Albatross, the Harvard T6 and the CJ-6A Nanchang's because they were designed tough as Military Trainers making them robust, reliable, and aerodynamically predictable.
AERO VODOCHODY L39C ALBATROS
The Aero L-39C Albatros was originally designed as a combat trainer for basic and advanced jet training, offering excellent handling and visibility characteristics, and also capable for light attack tasks.
JET PROVOST MK5a
The BAC Jet Provost British jet trainer used by the Royal Air Force, from 1955 to 1993, proved to become a versatile aircraft in different roles apart from basic training. With a top speed of 440 mph, the JP5 variant was utilised as an aerobatic trainer, air warfare and tactical weapons trainer as well as an advanced training jet.
The SIAI Marchetti S211 supplied by Aermacchi is a military jet pilot trainer in operation with the air forces of Haiti, the Philippines and Singapore. S211A, the latest high-performance version of the aircraft, has full acrobatic capability and can be armed with a range of weapon systems.
he CJ-6A Nanchang Fighter Trainer was made by the Nanchang Aircraft Company in Nanchang China. CJ-6As were used by the Air Forces of China, India, North Korea and Sri Lanka as a basic to an advanced military trainer. The pilots of these Air Forces learnt to fly in the CJ-6A and also learnt basic military tactics and instrument flight in the aircraft.
The aircraft is propelled by a 9 cylinder, supercharged radial engine, delivering 285Hp through a variable pitch propeller. Typical cruise speeds are in the order of 130 knots (230kph), and the aircraft will fly at 160 knots (290kph) straight and level at full power.
T6 TEXAN HARVARD
The Harvard (also known as the T6, Texan) was the most widely used fighter trainer in World War II, and served in an amazing 75 Air Forces, Navies, Marine Corps or Armies worldwide. Not only was it used for training thousands of pilots for combat in the front-line fighters of the day, it was a combat aircraft in its own right, with various combinations of guns, rockets and bombs available.