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Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by BrianH » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:43 pm

Updating the radio log for Thursday 25 Jan 2018.
ZA553/045 flew initially as Monster 1 (working with ZA560/EB-Q as Monster 2). Both aircraft hotpitted and went out again as 'Primus' departing at 16:23.
ZA554/046 (not shown above) departed at 16:41 as 'Fang'. Sorry didn't catch the number of 'Fang'.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by markranger » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:46 pm

It was Fang 2, Fang 1 broke.
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Vulcanone » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:58 pm

Slightly GR.4 related but you know the writing is on the wall when the GIA is now available..

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Gary » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:46 pm

ZA267 was the WLT up until last year, now been reported replaced by either 029 /133.

At the spotters event May 2017, the blue suiters mentioned ZA267 being disposed of in future. At least that looks like it means sold rather than broken up
RAF Tornados left in service = 26 :( 286 ish days left in service
GR4 =23, GR4(T) =3

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by StevenNFFC » Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:08 pm

Monday 29th January 2018

Voodoo 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA553/045
Voodoo 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZD849/110
Monster 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA472/031
Monster 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA560/EB-Q - 050

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Voodoo 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA542/035
Voodoo 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZD849/110
Monster 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZG775/134
Monster 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA553/045
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA612/074

Wednesday 31st January 2018

Monster 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZD849/110
Monster 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA553/045
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA542/035
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA588/056

Thursday 1st February 2018

Nil

Friday 2nd February 2018

Primus 1 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA614/076
Primus 2 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA560/EB-Q -050
Primus 3 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZG775/134
Primus 4 [31 Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA542/035

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by slogen51 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:44 pm

Gary wrote:ZA267 was the WLT up until last year, now been reported replaced by either 029 /133.

At the spotters event May 2017, the blue suiters mentioned ZA267 being disposed of in future. At least that looks like it means sold rather than broken up

I still need ZA267 - might go to the viewing !

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Gary » Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:38 pm

Paul Rainford‎

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Well, a nice little visit to RTP today, and I actually managed to get sat in the cockpit of the jet I photographed last week - McRoberts Reply!
A few bits of news. Leeming will have another jet to RTP next week, and only a couple more after that, as the remaining GR4's will be dismantled at Marham!

Pinky's demise was brought forward from July/Aug this year, to January, as parts were needed, so they began the RTP process early.
However, her tail is being preserved and will eventually head back to Marham for display!
Info courtesy of Paul Rainford‎ & the RAF Leeming Spotters Group

Will make keeping track of the dwindling numbers a bit tougher
RAF Tornados left in service = 26 :( 286 ish days left in service
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Blackcat1 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:19 pm

Tuesday 30th January 2018

Marham ## showed as ZA612
Voodoo 1 [31 Sqdn] showed as ZA542
Voodoo 2 [31 Sqdn] showed as ZD849
Monster 1 [31 Sqdn] showed as ZG775
Monster 2 [31 Sqdn] showed as ZA553

The majority if not all were eyeballed, thanks to Slogen51
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Integrale1 » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:01 pm

Quick update on ZA459 (025). It has now ceased being an operational airframe and will be prepared for museum display.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by DavidT » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:35 pm

Hi Steven,
Ref: your last fleet update as at 26-01-18

I have seen ZA613/075 parked outside on North side on 16 and 25 Jan 2018
Complete airframe.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by twamoran » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:24 pm

Integrale1 wrote:Quick update on ZA459 (025). It has now ceased being an operational airframe and will be prepared for museum display.
Some good news at last :clap: When you say "museum display", do you have any idea where? Also, is it likely any will be earmarked for gate guard duties or is it literally going to be one or two (i.e. ZA459 and ZA452 at Coventry) and the rest sent through RTP at Leeming or scrapped at Marham?

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Integrale1 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:40 pm

Regards 025 I’ve been sworn to secrecy for the time being regarding its final destination, I can say though that it is not staying at Marham. Hopefully the museum will make an announcement soon.

To be brutally honest i can’t see many being saved as whole airframes, they are worth far more to the nations that still use them in their component parts than they are as whole aircraft. I would be very surprised if anymore then around 5 are kept as whole aircraft for displays.

I’ve not heard of any planning to be kept for gate guard either.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by twamoran » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:53 pm

Completely understand (and not too surprised considering disposal/preservation of the GR4 seems to be a rather esoteric affair! :))

More than happy to wait for the announcement though - and pleased it's a museum that (presumably) the public can access. This has made my week!

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by twamoran » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:56 pm

p.s. The value of component parts makes sense too, sadly. Just wish a few of the fuselage hulks could be retained for the future statics rather than shredded. An epic restoration task for sure, but where there's a will (and plenty of parts on eBay!) there's a way.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Blackcat1 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:31 pm

Monday 5th February 2018

Marham ## showed as ZA553
Marham ## showed as ZA542
Marham ## showed as ZA554
Marham ## showed as ZA472
Primus 1 [31 Sqdn] showed as ZA597
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Integrale1 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:38 pm

ZA560 E-BQ, 050 withdrawn from use, no longer an active airframe.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by paulk » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:34 pm

Does anyone the status of ZA587,597

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Integrale1 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:37 pm

ZA587 is in Marham depth wing being overhauled

ZA597 is flying with 31sqb

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by markranger » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:49 pm

ZA597 Flew today.
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by DavidT » Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:23 am

Integrale1 wrote:ZA560 E-BQ, 050 withdrawn from use, no longer an active airframe.
Great shame, last Tornado to have squadron markings (assuming ZA607's are removed).
Well remember ZA560 in an earlier life as the all-black 'aeros' aircraft of TTTE.

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