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Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:32 pm

On the last day of flying (March 30th????) do we think a group of Tornados will fly past important locations in the history of the Tornado?

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by paddyboy » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:59 am

Like downtown Baghdad :lol:
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:53 am

paddyboy wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:59 am
Like downtown Baghdad :lol:
Quite :)

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Neil D » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:17 pm

The fuselage of ZA472 was on a low loader going along the Southern perimeter road towards the SW side of the base this morning.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Neil D » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:25 pm

Neil D wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:17 pm
The fuselage of ZA472 was on a low loader going along the Southern perimeter road towards the SW side of the base this morning.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Neil D » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:33 pm

Wed 12 Dec

Morning sortie

Monster 1 ZA607/EB-X
Monster 2 ZG775/AF

Afternoon

Fang 1 ZA607/EB-X
Fang 2 ZA553/045

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Reptile 1 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:07 pm

Most recent Op Shader Jets last noted active

ZA463/028 - Last Noted 9 Dec 18
ZA542/035 - Last Noted 1 Dec 18
ZA587/055 - Last Noted 26 Nov 18
ZA597/063 - Last Noted 13 Dec 18
ZA601/066 - Last Noted 13 Dec 18
ZD744/092 - Last Noted 13 Dec 18
ZD848/109 - Last Noted 29 Nov 18
ZG791/137 - Last Noted 13 Dec 18

ZA613/075 - Last Noted crossing the Channel returning back to Marham? 10 Dec 18

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by StevenNFFC » Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:49 pm

Thanks, Reptile. I will assume that ZA613/075 was the "missing" jet as part of tanker flight accompanied by "Ascot 9692 (ZA449/020) and 9693 (Typhoon) with 9691 "missing" which arrived on 7th December.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by BrianH » Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:48 pm

Monday 17 December 2018
Fang 1 ZA553/045
Fang 2 ZA607/EB-X
Fang 3 ZD716/DH
Fang 4 ZG771

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by David Thompson » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:32 am

I made what will probably be my last visit to RTP yesterday , 19 December and noted the following ;
GR4 ZA369 carcase only which will leave RTP this morning for scrapping
GR4 ZA462/027 still complete and will be reduced in January
GR4 ZA543/036 still complete and will be reduced in February
F3 ZH552 gate
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by StevenNFFC » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:47 pm

And so it begins - the final few months of Tornado operations.

Monday 7th January 2019

Nil

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZD716/084 - Currently 31 Squadron Tornado Retirement Special Tail
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA553/045
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA614/076

Wednesday 9th January 2019

Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA553/045
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA612/074
Marham ** showed as Tornado GR4 ZA613/075

Thursday 10th January 2019

Fang 1 [IX(B) Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZG771/133 - Currently 100th Anniversary of RAF Marham Special Tail
Fang 2 [IX(B) Sqn] showed as Tornado GR4 ZA612/074

Friday 11th January 2019

Nil

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Blackcat1 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:53 pm

Getting depressing now!!!
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Maverick231 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:40 pm

Is the 30th March the last day of the Tonka?
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by James Cutting » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:44 pm

Yes, they won't be flying past the end of March.
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by ChrisCwmbran » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:51 am

On the last day of other aircraft types such as the Harrier, did the last day pass without action or did the operating bases "have a little play" for want of a better phrase?

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by reaper493 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:42 pm

Both the jag and harrier had a mass launch on the last day of operational service, with the harrier event reduced on the day due to weather, and never flew again (I think).

The jags flew in small numbers for currency flights and delivery flights to Cosford if I remember correctly.

I have a feeling the Tornado will be the way of the harrier. Just waiting to see what they have planned....

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Richelli » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:23 pm

Anyone heard anything official about the rumour of no more low level sorties allowed only medium level due to safety concerns. Shame if it's true but had to happen some time.

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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Blackcat1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:42 pm

I heard from someone in Tornado force that no more low level sorties sadly, I trust my source but I do hope it's false.
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by James Cutting » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:24 pm

Time will tell as always - I saw it on Facebook but it is hard to believe when the statement is accompanied with a photoshop image!
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Re: Tornado GR4 Fleet General Info

Post by Blackcat1 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:46 pm

I was told by a friend who is a WSO on Tornado so I trust him, we shall see this week. I hope he has his wires crossed!
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