Cold War front line

Before rising to become Deputy Commander-in-Chief Operations, RAF Air Command, Air Marshal (ret’d) Iain McNicoll CB CBE commanded a Tornado GR1 squadron and station in RAF Germany. He shared his recollections of the Cold War mission with Thomas Newdick.

Tornado Tales

In October 1993, while he was commanding officer of No 17(F) Squadron, Iain McNicoll flew ZD793 ‘CA’ in a two-ship formation with a Luftwaffe Tornado IDS over the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent. The German jet is from the unit’s ‘sister’ squadron, the ‘Edelweiss’ Staffel of Jagdbombergeschwader 34 at Memmingen, which, like 17, had flown in the battle.
All photos via Iain McNicoll unless stated

Iain McNicoll arrived on the Tornado force as the aircraft was beginning to enter service, after a first tour on Buccaneers with No XV Squadron at RAF Laarbruch, Germany.

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