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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 30 Jan 2019, 12:37

indeid wrote:
SW1 wrote:That is as weird a FOI question as you’ll get either the person has no idea what a tornado is or is just an idiot or both


Or see it as a challenge in those few weeks left in service.


Well.. there was the hunter pilot who went low level up the Thames!!!

A few cocktails at 250ft up the Lake District might make an interesting end!

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 01 Feb 2019, 07:17

I wonder if the "new" FoF installation (lack of) with 300 km range was ever done for the Tornados?
- that 'lack of' caused big problems in the air campaigns over the former Yugoslavia and Gulf (BVR and all that, when there are several air forces conducting the campaign)

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 05 Feb 2019, 19:21

After 40 years of service tonka is home for the last time. She was superb did everything ever asked and more she will be greatly missed.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47137790



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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby matt00773 » 09 Feb 2019, 09:04

I was scrounging around the Parliament website for defence statements and came across this regarding the Tornado jets after service.

Q: Nia Griffith

"To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the Tornado aircraft after they are retired."

A: Andrew Stuart

"The majority of the Tornado fleet has already been dismantled and the remaining aircraft have been or are in the process of being transferred for use as gate guardians to commemorate the aircraft's distinguished service, for training purposes or as gifts to museums to inspire future generations of RAF personnel. A small number of Tornados will be disposed of after the aircraft's retirement from RAF service."

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby dmereifield » 10 Feb 2019, 11:40

No resale value (parts and spares) to the handful of other users?

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby abc123 » 10 Feb 2019, 12:31

Maybe to keep a pair of them for RAFs Historical Flight?
Fortune favors brave sir, said Carrot cheerfully.
What's her position about heavily armed, well prepared and overmanned armies?
Oh, noone's ever heard of Fortune favoring them, sir.
According to General Tacticus, it's because they favor themselves…

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Little J » 10 Feb 2019, 16:20

Someone needs to do a low level send off... I'm talking as low as TFR can go.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 19 Feb 2019, 19:02

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47291557


The final act as Tonka flies into legend!

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby downsizer » 21 Feb 2019, 07:44

If it was Leuchars then it was far more likely he was watching F3s.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 21 Feb 2019, 08:25

My first experience of the Tornado was visiting RAF Honnington in 1982 to see the first squadron(s) in their new HAS complex.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Little J » 21 Feb 2019, 09:29

Lord Jim wrote:My first experience of the Tornado was visiting RAF Honnington in 1982 to see the first squadron(s) in their new HAS complex.


Mine was open days at BAe Hatfield in the early / mid 80's, my adolescent brain liked them but preferred the Lightning 'coz that was louder :angel:

And that it looked a little stumpy :wtf:

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 21 Feb 2019, 15:42

Remember being a RAF Binbrook when the Lightnings were on QRA. Seeing then go vertical on full afterburner at dusk was quite a sight.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 28 Feb 2019, 17:44

Tonka flys diamond 9!


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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Lord Jim » 28 Feb 2019, 19:17

Makes me wish we gave 12 Tranche 1 Typhoons to the Red Arrows!

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 28 Feb 2019, 19:31

Lord Jim wrote:Makes me wish we gave 12 Tranche 1 Typhoons to the Red Arrows!


Increase the number of typhoon display a/c to 2 and designate them synchro pair for airshows and go back to the black arrows history of an operational Sqn being the “display team” by double hatting the “aggressor” Sqn of typhoons with a role of preforming flypasts in diamond 9 or arrow formation for major events!

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 28 Feb 2019, 19:33

Stats from the last operation,



Shows the engineers were the real stars of the force :)

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby topman » 28 Feb 2019, 19:59



185,000 hours on ops not bad going.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby Ron5 » 28 Feb 2019, 21:54

An amazing effort to fly 9 aircraft at one time??

What am I missing here. Daily occurance around these parts.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 28 Feb 2019, 22:10

This was tornados last flight in RAF service marking its retirement after 45 years. Equivalent to asking the USAF to fly a 9 ship of b2’s for comparison.

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Re: Panavia Tornado (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 14 Mar 2019, 16:35

On the 30th of October 1974 Tornado P02 was the first of an eventual 403 a/c delivered to the RAF.

Today saw the last one to leave RAF service with the parade to disband 9 and 31 Sqn. With it goes the last Of the RAFs nuclear bombers and an a/c that has served for almost half the time there has been an airforce.




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