The last Tornados


The Royal Air Force has been preparing to bid farewell to what is arguably its most significant postwar aircraft type – the unmistakeable swing-wing Tornado. Thomas Newdick spoke to some of the last crews active on the Tornado GR Force.

Jamie Hunter

As the RAF prepared to call time on its Tornado GR4 fleet, the jet was still busy taking the fight to so-called Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. It was business as usual for the Tornado, which has seen near continuous operations since its combat debut in the 1991 Gulf War.

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