Slingsby Aviation, based in Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire, bought the development rights to René Fournier’s RF-6B in 1981. Eight variants were produced, and the T67M260 flown here was the penultimate version – the T67M260-T3A being the final version that was sold to the United States Airforce where the type didn’t enjoy a long and happy life!
The T67M260 is the most powerful version of the T67 which started life as the Fournier RF-6 back in 1974
Throughout its life the T67 has primarily been used as a trainer with aerobatic capability – so increasing the power (to 260hp in this instance) reduced the time to climb making for more time spent training and less climbing…
Fully inverted systems means the engine doesn't stop while inverted, which given the roll rate thanks to those long (10.69m) wings is a good thing if you are trying a slow roll
The Slingsby has been used to train pilots who are expected to progress to single seat or tandem cockpits, so many were built with the P1 seat on the right
Bubble canopy provides excellent visibility, and enough space for helmet wearing pilots
The underside is painted black to help with conspicuity, but as the T67 has a composite airframe there are temperature limitations to respect before flight