A tough act to follow

Introduction

Tornado Tribute

AFM’s regular columnist, Air Power Association President, Air Marshal (Ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB, CBE, introduces our special coverage of the Royal Air Force’s Tornado GR Force, as it prepares to call time on an unmatched combat record.

The front cockpit of the GR4 features hands on throttle and stick (HOTAS) controls plus the addition of a new head-down display with digital map generator (DMG). The Tornado’s avionics were state of the art at the time of introduction, but even with the GR4 upgrade, the jet’s cockpit is now dated.
Jamie Hunter

I first strapped into a Tornado GR1 at the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland in 1984 as a 22-year-old flying officer. I didn’t really have much of a reference, as I had come straight through flying training and the most complex aircraft I had flown was a Hawk T1, whose sole navigation aid was a compass that seemed to be permanently toppled.

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