Title: Percival P40 Prentice

The Percival Prentice was a primary trainer for the RAF which first flew in 1946. Over 300 were built but they were only in service from 1947 to 1953. The aircraft was notorious for its poor performance with any load at high temperatures, and for its spin recovery difficulties.

This title contains the RAF flight manual (titled pilot’s notes) and a detailed manufacturer’s brochure/specification for the Prentice, along with three miscellaneous documents: two contemporary magasine articles reprinted by Percival for publicity and a local flying club’s pilots notes. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Prentice Mk 1, AP 4254A-PN dated Jun 48 with approx. 32 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s detailed technical brochure /specification for the Prentice, undated with approx. 50 pages.
  • Three miscellaneous documents for the Percival Prentice:
    • – Reprint from “Flight International” dated 18-12-47 titled “The new basic trainer”.
      – Percival reprint from “The Aeroplane” dated 19-12-47 titled “The RAF’s new trainer”.
      – Surrey Flying Club pilot’s notes for the Prentice G-APIU, undated with 6 pages.