TORNADO FINALE

SPECIAL REPORT // TORNADO GR4

As the Royal Air Force bids farewell to the Panavia Tornado GR4, Combat Aircraft wraps up coverage from one of the final retirement events for the type.

As the GR4s returned to RAF Marham, they formed up for an ‘elephant walk’ on the runway. All photos Jamie Hunter unless credited otherwise
The 11 jets were spread around the HAS (hardened aircraft shelter) site.
Wg Cdr Bressani with the ‘Goldstars’ special jet.

THE FEELING OF pride at RAF Marham on February 28 was palpable. There was a sense of occasion, of paying tribute to 37 years of front-line Panavia Tornado operations within the Royal Air Force, and all of the men and women who had served on the type over those years. The first pair of RAF Tornado GR1s (serials ZA320 and ZA322) was delivered to the Tri-national Tornado Training Establishment at RAF Cottesmore on July 1, 1980. Now, in 2019, the final curtain was coming down on these very same airframes.

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