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De Havilland Chipmunk T10

The Chipmunk holds many fond memories for all Army pilots, as it was this type that was used as the basic trainer on all Army pilot courses since the early 1950s. Initially the Royal Air Force (RAF) was responsible for training Air Observation Post (AOP) pilots and the original aircraft were furnished in the standard RAF Training Command markings of silver with a yellow band. However, it was not until the formation of the Army Air Corps on 1 September 1957 that the markings reflected the familiar red and white colour scheme.

The Chipmunk T10 was popular as a trainer as it was easy to handle on the ground as well as in the air.
De Havilland Chipmunk Specification
Engine:  Gipsy Major Mk 8
Speed:  173kts (320kph) max 90kts (167kph) cruise
Endurance:  Three hours, 18 gallon (82 litre) fuel tank
Maximum All Up Weight  2200lbs (998kg)
Display Weight:  1861lbs (844kg)
Dimensions: Length 25ft (7.62m) Wing Span 34ft (10.36m)
Capacity: Pilot plus one
Technicians working on a Chipmunk circa 1950s

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