A CAREER IN THE COCKPIT

AFM begins a series of features celebrating the career of the ever popular Tornado GR as it nears the end of its RAF service. First up, Jamie Hunter meets Flt Lt (ret’d) Bill Read, who talks about his time at the front end of the ‘Mighty Fin’.

Tornado Tales

A RAPTOR-toting Tornado GR4A of ‘Shiny Two’ tears through one of Scotland’s low-flying areas. Bill Read joined No II(AC) Squadron as the unit’s QFI and immediately converted to the much-improved GR4. He was flying the camera ship for this sortie.
All photos Jamie Hunter unless stated

“It was just one of those sorties where everything clicked”, former RAF Tornado pilot Flt Lt (ret’d) Bill Read smiled as he took a sip from his pint of ale. “I was on my first frontline tour in the Tornado with No 17 Squadron at RAF Brüggen. On this particular day I was number three in a four-ship, with our squadron commander and one of our flight commanders trying to ‘bounce’ us.”

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