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 Post subject: RAF to retire Tornodo
PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 15:07 
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I can't believe the RAF retires the last of their Tornado aircraft in March next year!

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... 000000taAm

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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 15:32 
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End of an era :(


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 17:52 
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The Poms are known for decisions they later regret and cover-up.


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 19:47 
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Jaguar, Nimrod, Harrier and now this :? . Glad I got to see them in full AB departing RIAT. Hopefully the Italians will carry on with theirs for a while. A true Cold War icon !!


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 20:35 
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And it will be replaced by the F-35

617 Squadron is replacing them as well. They did a flypast to celebrate.

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The Tornado wasn't really an elegant aircraft, but the F-35 is even less so.


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 20:49 
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There was however an even more interesting formation to be seen

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I guess if we could choose of which of them we wanted a whole squadron of, there would be doubt!


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 21:34 
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It takes about 30 years for a combat aircraft to finally mature into the platform intended, that's why they need a outlook of another 30 years. Having said that there are some types that have proven to be irreplaceable like the B-52, A-10 and our venerable C-47 TP's.

Whilst the Tornado is now in its prime, resources are needed to develop the newer aircraft like the Typhoon so that they can meet future requirements.


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PostPosted: 21 Nov 2018, 22:34 
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The very last RAF Tornado fly-by for RIAT.

So long Tonka.
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PostPosted: 31 Jan 2019, 11:52 
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Great retro scheme..

https://www.forces.net/technology/aircraft/farewell-tornado-fast-jet

https://www.forces.net/news/it-will-be-emotional-goodbye-when-tornado-retires


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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2019, 06:11 
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Illustrious wrote:
And it will be replaced by the F-35

617 Squadron is replacing them as well. They did a flypast to celebrate.

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The Tornado wasn't really an elegant aircraft, but the F-35 is even less so.


I'm probably not going to be popular for saying this, but personally I think the F-35 is a POS.


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I agree, not called the fugly for nothing...


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PostPosted: 10 Feb 2019, 19:00 
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Here is a different perspective on the Tornado.

Development of the Tornado was done and the expense of the Buccaneer. It's strange to think that one of the best strike aircraft ever developed was considered to be a stop gap.



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PostPosted: 10 Feb 2019, 19:56 
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When I first read the thread title I thought for a second that the RAF was retiring an aircraft of Spanish origin. :P

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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2019, 11:33 
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Farewell Tornado

Unusual flypast, turning 9 diamond with wings extended. I would have tought there would have been at least one straight 9 diamond pass with wings in fully swept back. Also no solo.



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PostPosted: 04 Mar 2019, 17:47 
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Rather underwhelming for an aircraft that gave the Brits such good service. Wish they had done those special schemes for RIAT for the RAF 100. Tornado got hardly any love at RIAT.


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