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Goose_Green
01-10-2007, 01:50 AM
Thought this maybe of interest to some of you, taken from the UK MoD website.

Tornado celebrates 25 years

The "backbone of UK air offensive capability" and one of the most potent aircraft in the world, the Tornado, celebrated its 25th birthday on 6 January 2007.

The first of more than 220 Tornados entered service with the RAF on 6 January 1982, making IX Squadron (then based at RAF Honington in Suffolk) the first operational Tornado GR1 squadron.

The Tornado was produced by a consortium of aerospace industries in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy and on entering service replaced a number of older RAF aircraft including the Buccaneer and Vulcan as low-level attack aircraft.

The Tornado GR4 is the latest version of the RAF's primary attack aircraft equipping seven front-line squadrons at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland and RAF Marham in Norfolk, in addition to the XV (R) Squadron Operational Conversion Unit (OCU).

Capable of supersonic speeds and flight at low level, the aircraft is one of the most potent in the world today. A programme to upgrade over 140 of the GR1's to the GR4 standard was instigated in the late 1990's and completed in 2003 and under the present plans they are expected to remain in front-line service until 2025.
"The Tornado is still the backbone of our offensive air capability."

The Tornado has flown with distinction during various operations in the Middle East since the first Gulf War in 1991, when it helped to establish air supremacy by disabling Iraqi airfields during the first days of conflict.

Wing Commander Dave Waddington, Officer Commanding of IX Squadron at RAF Marham has flown the Tornado in both Gulf Wars. He said:

"The Tornado is still the backbone of our offensive air capability. Our operational effectiveness and our results in various campaigns, and indeed what we're doing right now speak for themselves; we actually achieve a very high success rate."

The GR4 has variable sweep wings and reverse thrust on the engines to shorten its landing run and fulfils the Air Interdiction, Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD) and reconnaissance roles. Besides the current range of precision-guided, freefall and ******ed bombs and ALARM missiles, the GR4 is now able to employ the Storm Shadow stand-off missile and RAPTOR reconnaissance pod and is in the process of introducing the Brimstone anti-tank missile. It is also equipped with the Mauser 27mm cannon, and, for self-defence, Sidewinder missiles.

Squadron Leader Sarah Heycock, who spent five years on Nimrods before making the transition across to Tornados as a Navigator, has just returned from operations and explained:

"Really, for us the GR4 is about training and preparation. It is a fantastic jet and we're getting some good kit in the pipeline. To that end we have to train to make sure it is safe, so I have been on a variety of exercises in Canada, North America and Europe. The squadron is really geared round the operational detachment each year."

"The speed and agility is still relevant and comparable to other squadron aircraft."

If the Tornado continues till its end of service date, it would have effectively served for over forty years. A comparison of this would be Spitfires embroiled in the Falklands conflict. Wing Commander Dave Waddington considered this assessment:

"The speed and agility is still relevant and comparable to other squadron aircraft. Of course in time it will need a replacement but the enablers - the avionics, sensors and equipment that make up the whole platform - will evolve with time as they have done over the past 25 years."

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Michiel_88
01-10-2007, 02:17 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif happy anniversary. Still a potent aircraft indeed!<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Celeon999
01-10-2007, 03:08 AM
Happy Birthday old rocket chair http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

Celeon's favourite Tornado pics:

http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/6752/0436787nb1.jpg

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2869/0582600qt1.jpg
http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9560/0640292ca6.jpg

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Oswald Boelcke http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Father of aircombat

Oswald Boelcke @ wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Boelcke)


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Nightfighter http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

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Max Immelmann http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif Inventor of the Immelmann turn

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Michiel_88
01-10-2007, 03:59 AM
nice photos celeon, though they are strange camo schemes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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wm4668
01-10-2007, 12:03 PM
Seeing this thread reminded me, prior to joining the RAF, I was a CO in the MOD, and followed the developement of the MRCA (Multi Role Combat Aircraft) with great interest, especially as I was undergoing the recruitment process for the RAF at the time. Tornado entered service some 6 years later, by which time the acronym MRCA had been changed to mean Must Refurbish Canberras Again. Nice to see they're still going strong.......<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Goose_Green
01-10-2007, 05:13 PM
In the British armed forces we seem to have the ability to use the same old kit for years and years and never really modernise properly. Take the Clansman radios the Army has been using since the late '50s - bulit like a brick **** house and still work - I guess it proves one thing it has to be "squaddie proof" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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geoffwessex
01-10-2007, 06:59 PM
Am I right in thinking that the Tornado was the more 'politically correct' (i.e. international project, lower financial risk) aircraft that was chosen when Harold Wilson's lot chucked out the "wonderbird" of the 60's - the TSR2. 40 years ahead of its time!

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logman01
01-10-2007, 07:07 PM
This reminds me of the F-14 Tomcat and the B-52. The Tomcat is retired now, but the BUFF is still flying. Both planes had patches for their crew that said something like, "B-52, someone over 30 you can trust.)

The Tornado is a great plane. Happy anniversary!

Celeon999
01-11-2007, 03:19 AM
Originally posted by Michiel_88:
nice photos celeon, though they are strange camo schemes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif


Socko would say : "Camouflage is something for nancy boys !" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Here is a nice video of Tornados in training flights. .

It was shot in New Mexico where the Luftwaffe has its own training base. They propably wouldnt be allowed to fly such stunts like that one in the beginning over here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


Tornados in action (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgrveE5bHg&NR)

Ive posted this vid here a while ago after Silent_O notified me of the existance of an German Airforce Command USA/Canada http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

The only foreign military base on u.s soil by the way http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif .... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif


@ Silent_O

I just found out that they even have a logo http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif


I wonder what they want to tell us with that http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Is that a V-2 ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

German Air Force Command United States/Canada
P.O.Box 60-1366
Fort Bliss, TX 79916-7709
U.S.A.


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kptltU-1312
01-11-2007, 05:48 AM
celeon, i love your tornado pics. ive always appreciated such a fine swing wing bird, much like my 'beloved' RAAF F111s. but, (im assuming theyre all attached to the german navy) you guys paint the most awesome designs on your planes!

re the german military, can anyone tell me how they designate the numbers each side of the national cross? such as xx+xx, or 23+42, how do they get the 23 & 42 in that example??

i was very pleased they honoured boelke in the pic, germans fought for their country like everyone else sucked into the war. they fought bravely, achieved incredible results; and that should be acknowledged.

hunt well.

Celeon999
01-11-2007, 06:27 AM
Originally posted by kptltU-1312:
celeon, i love your tornado pics. ive always appreciated such a fine swing wing bird, much like my 'beloved' RAAF F111s. but, (im assuming theyre all attached to the german navy) you guys paint the most awesome designs on your planes!

re the german military, can anyone tell me how they designate the numbers each side of the national cross? such as xx+xx, or 23+42, how do they get the 23 & 42 in that example??

i was very pleased they honoured boelke in the pic, germans fought for their country like everyone else sucked into the war. they fought bravely, achieved incredible results; and that should be acknowledged.

hunt well.


Yes that Boelcke paintjob is cool isnt it ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

I saw another one with the Boelcke theme somewhere but it wasnt as good as that one.

To the numbers :

This is the identification code since 1968.

The first two numbers define the type of the aircraft.

For example : 43 ,44,45,46 stand for 4 different sub-types of the Tornado.

70 to 73 = Bell UH1-D variants
99 = prototypes

The other two numbers on the right side tell you the id-number of the airplane. If the amount of a certain plane type goes beyond the number 99......well ... www.Luftwaffe.de (http://www.Luftwaffe.de) says that then "connected blocks are being used"

Whatever that means http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif


Here is the other side of the Boelcke Tornado.

I believe its name is Blue Lightning.

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kptltU-1312
01-11-2007, 07:15 AM
thanks celeon for your insight into the numerals question, its puzzled me for sometime?? :confused

i'll say it again, you guys do awesome paint jobs. i think the great man himself would be proud of that tornado. ....and what an aircraft to paint it on, the 2nd fastest( ok, ok im biased to the F111) and lowest billboard on the planet!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

ive saved it into my personal collection. thank you. top stuff! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

TheRealPotoroo
01-12-2007, 01:04 AM
Originally posted by Goose_Green:
In the British armed forces we seem to have the ability to use the same old kit for years and years and never really modernise properly.
It's arguably better than becoming overly reliant on technology but that's probably a discussion for another day.


Originally posted by kptltU-1312:
ok, ok im biased to the F111
I think the RAAF is the only air force still flying them. They were enormously controversial when we first got them because of the extensive delays and massive cost blow-out, but the RAAF pilots say the only people who criticise the F111 have never flown one. It's amazing how some birds seem endlessly upgradeable, whether the Tornado, F111 or B52.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Celeon999
04-13-2007, 03:55 AM
Bumping this thread


Happened just yesterday http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif


Tornado fighter/bomber hits swiss mountain. One Pilot dead (http://www.dw-world.com/dw/article/0,2144,2441261,00.html)