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Last Special Color Tornado for RAF 31 Squadron
RAF 31 Squadron will be re-roled to the MQ-9B Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Royal Air Force (RAF) 31 Squadron has painted a Tornado GR4 in this cool special colour scheme. The Goldstars have operated the Tornado since 1984, initially in Germany and then from RAF Marham since 2001. Following the retirement of the Tornado next year 31 Squadron will stand...
That time a crewless RAF Tornado flew away after the Navigator ejected himself and his pilot from their serviceable aircraft
  We may only imagine the front-seater's feelings as, from his parachute, he watched his Tornado disappearing over the horizon The following article contains excerpts from Group Captain Ian Hall's story titled Blind and Deaf which appears in Ian Hall’s book Tornado Boys. Over the years there have been all sorts of odd instances of aircraft being left without the optimum number of...
Here's why BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley flew this Tornado with the canopy off
BAe Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducted the 'cockpit habitability trial' in his open top Tornado XZ630 Taken in 1988 the unique photos in this post feature British Aerospace (BAe) Test Pilot Keith Hartley conducting the 'cockpit habitability trial' in his open top Tornado XZ630. As BAE Systems explained on Twitter: "In 1988, our test pilot Keith Hartley flew at 500 knots in...
Germany asked Pentagon on the possibility of certifying Eurofighter for nuclear role
U.S. government sources say that schedule is ambitious given that the F-35 and other aircraft must be certified first. Washington has suggested it could take 7-10 years to certify the Eurofighter for nuclear missions, well beyond the Tornado’s retirement date Reuters reports that the German defense ministry asked the Pentagon in April on the possibility of certifying the Eurofighter to...
Here's the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed
The Concorde had to slow down from Mach 2 to Mach 1.5-1.6 so that the Tornado crew could get the shot Taken in April 1985 the cool photo in this post is the only picture of Concorde flying at supersonic speed. The image was taken by Adrian Meredith who was flying a Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado jet during a rendezvous...
Luftwaffe Tornado fighter bombers lack updated encryption device for secure comms
The communication devices of the Tornado also do not meet current standards, meaning there’s a risk that information could be intercepted A report by Reuters says Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Tornado fighter-bombers might not be able to join NATO missions as the jets cannot communicate over encrypted channels. A defense ministry report seen by Reuters said it was not possible to...
German Air Force Chief fired for supporting F-35
Luftwaffe’s Chief active support of the F-35 clashes with current Ministry of Defence planning, which prefers a successor solution involving the Eurofighter Typhoon Jane’s says the head of Luftwaffe (German Air Force), Lt. Gen. Karl Müllner, will be leaving his post in May in large part due to his support for a German procurement of the F-35. The news of his...
Germany should buy both Eurofighter and F-35 to replace Tornado fighter bombers
"One possible solution could be that the nuclear and conventional roles now both met by the Tornado could be split between a relatively small F-35 fleet and a larger Eurofighter fleet," Douglas Barrie, IISS Douglas Barrie of IISS says Germany needs the F-35 in order to fulfill the nuclear deterrence role under NATO as the Eurofighter is not certified to...
According to a German Air Force official, the Lightning II can satisfy most of Germany’s requirements and offer other benefits as well The Luftwaffe (German Air Force) has a shortlist of existing platforms to replace its Panavia Tornado fighter bombers from 2025 to 2030, but the service “preferred choice” is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a German Air Force...