Tornado F3

In late 1970s the British MoD concluded that the F-14 was the only fighter that could meet Britain’s defence needs but RAF never bought the Tomcat. Here’s why.

The prospect of an RAF F-14 Tomcat buy was discussed. One method of lowering the bill might have been to… Read More

1 year ago

RAF Tornado F3 pilot tells the story of when he was near scrambled to intercept an Air France Concorde flying at Mach 1.6 over the Falklands

QRA launches were frequent to intercept Argentinian Boeing 707 or Lockheed Electra Elint aircraft, however, sometimes other aircraft blundered into… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the RAF Tornado F3s that failed to engage an Iraqi Mirage F1 attacking two USAF A-10s during Operation Desert Storm

This incident highlighted a limitation of the Tornado F3 – the lack of a Mode 4 interrogator meant that the… Read More

2 years ago

Intercepting Iraqi MiG-25s, flying DACT against USMC F/A-18s and flying training sorties with live weapons: how RAF Tornado F3 crews prepared for Operation Desert Storm

‘Some sorties included highly dynamic dissimilar air combat exercises against the US Marine Corps F/A 18, as it had a… Read More

3 years ago

The RAF F-14 Tomcat Fighter Jets that Never Were

Faced with rising costs of the planned Tornado ADV the British MoD looked at the F-14, F-15 and F-16. It… Read More

4 years ago


The RAF F-22 exchange pilot is assigned to 94th Fighter Squadron The main photo of this article was posted on… Read More

7 years ago

Watch this Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jet “clipping grass” while landing at RAF Coningsby

Typhoon fighter jet "clipping grass" while landing at RAF Coningsby This post provides the link to a very interesting clip:… Read More

7 years ago