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The Percival Proctor was a British radio trainer and communications aircraft of the Second World War. The Proctor was a single-engine, low-wing monoplane with seating for three or four, depending on the model.The prototype aircraft, serial number P5998, first flew on 8 October 1939 from Luton Airport.The type was put into production for the RAF and Fleet Air Arm. The prototype was tested as an emergency bomber during 1940 but this idea was abandoned as the invasion threat receded. Although the first 222 aircraft were built by Percival at Luton, most of the remaining aircraft were built by F. Hills & Sons of Trafford Park near Manchester. They built 812 Proctors of several marks between 1941 and 1945, assembling most of the aircraft at Barton Aerodrome.
The very early Proctors (Mks I to III.) followed very closely the last incarnation of the superb Vega Gull, but later versions became much heavier and less aerodynamic, with inevitable detrimental effects upon their performance. The later marks of Proctor, whilst looking broadly similar, were in fact a complete redesign of the aircraft and were much enlarged, heavier and even less efficient. Flight performance was poor. There were later plans to fit them with the 250 h.p. Queen 30 and larger airscrew, but only one trial aircraft was so fitted as the all-metal Prentice was being developed to replace the Proctor, utilising the Queen 30. The remaining Proctors in use soldiered-on after Service use in private hands until the 1960s. At this point, owing to concerns about the degradation of glued joints in their wooden airframes, they were all grounded. Several surviving Proctors have been rebuilt with modern adhesives and have returned to the air. Early Proctors still make good light aircraft, as they combine the Vegas attributes of Long-range, speed and load-carrying ability. Notably, all Proctors inherited the Vega Gulls feature of wing-folding.The Proctor was initially employed as a three-seat communications aircraft (Proctor I). This was followed by the Proctor II and Proctor III three-seat radio trainers.
In 1941, the Air Ministry issued Specification T.9/41 for a four-seat radio trainer. The P.31 – originally known as the “Preceptor” but finally re-designated the Proctor IV – was developed for this requirement with an enlarged fuselage. One Proctor IV was fitted with a 250 h.p. (157 kW) Gipsy Queen engine. This was used as a personal transport by AVM Sir Ralph Sorley but production models retained the 210 hp (157 kW) motor of earlier marks. At the end of the war, many early mark Proctors were sold on the civilian market and were operated in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The Mk IV continued in service with the RAF until the last was withdrawn in 1955. In 1945, a civil model derived from the Proctor IV was put into production for private owner, business and light charter use as the Proctor 5. The RAF purchased four to be used by air attachés. The final model of the line was the solitary Proctor 6 floatplane sold to the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1946. Three highly modified Percival Proctors, nicknamed the “Proctukas,” were produced for the film Battle of Britain as stand-ins for the Ju-87 Stuka. After test flights revealed instability, they were ultimately abandoned and never appeared in the film.