Lucas makes RN history in new training aircraft

All smiles – and why shouldn’t Lt Lucas Harrisson be delighted after his first solo flight. Even more so as the junior officer became the first ever Royal Navy student to fly the military’s new trainer on his own. This is the Grob Prefect, which has replaced the Tutor as the aircraft of choice for teaching future pilots and observers the fundamentals of flight. It’s more powerful than its predecessor (turboprop not piston) and its cockpit is ‘digital’ – no dials, buttons and knobs, just display screens – mirroring the…

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