Baptism of fire

Jamie Hunter recounts the first time the RAF Tornado GR1 was used in anger – above Iraq in 1991 during the first Gulf War – in what were some of the most daring and intense combat missions since the Second World War.

Operation Granby

Tornado Tribute

Tornado GR1s on the flight line at Muharraq shortly before the air campaign began. ZA396 ‘GE’ (fourth from left) was shot down by a Roland SAM as its crew attacked Tallil airfield on January 20. Flt Lts David Waddington and Robbie Stuart ejected and were captured.
Ian Black

The RAF Tornado’s unparalleled combat record dates back to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. It triggered one of the most impressive air campaigns of all time and included the combat debut of the Tornado GR1.

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