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Tornado Farewell Flypasts 2019


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UK Airshow Calendar 2019

Four RAF Tornados took off from RAF Marham on Wednesday 23rd january 2019:

ZG752 - Tornado Camo
ZG775 - Tornado IX(B) Sqn
ZD716 - Tornado 31 Sqn
ZA449 - Tornado camera-ship
ZZ336 - A330 Voyager Tanker

Tornado Callsign - Monster

Three specially painted Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4's (ZG752, ZG775 & ZD716) took to the skies on a training sortie which included aerial tanking with a Voyager A330MRRT out of RAF Brize Norton. The Tornado will be retiring on the 31st March 2019 after over 36 years of service in the RAF.

Tornado Farewell Flypast - 19th-21st February 2019

Tuesday 19th February 2019:
Kendrew Barracks / RAF Cottesmore - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
National Memorial Arboretum - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
MOD Stafford - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
RAF Cosford - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
RAF Shawbury - 1.30pm to 1.45pm
MOD Sealand - 1.30pm to 1.45pm
RAF Valley - 1.45pm to 2pm
BAES Warton - 2.15pm to 2.30pm
BAES Samlesbury - 2.15pm 2.30pm
RAF Spadeadam - 2.30pm to 2.45pm
RAF Leeming - 2.45pm to 3pm
RAF Topcliffe - 2.45pm to 3pm
RAF Linton-on-Ouse - 2.45pm to 3pm
RAF Waddington - 3pm to 3.15pm
RAF College Cranwell - 3pm to 3.15pm
RAF Coningsby - 3pm to 3.15pm
RAF Donna Nook - 3.15pm to 3.35pm
RAF Holbeach - 3.15pm to 3.35pm
RAF Wyton - 3.15pm to 3.35pm

Wednesday 20th February 2019
RAF Honington - 1pm to 1.15pm
Imperial War Museum Duxford - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
RAE Bedford - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
Cranfield Airfield - 1.15pm to 1.30p
RAF Halton - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
RAF High Wycombe - 1.15pm to 1.30pm
RAF Benson - 1.30pm to 1.45pm
British Army HQ Land Forces, Andover - 1.30pm to 1.45pm
MOD Boscombe Down - 1.30pm to 1.45pm
RAF Pembrey - 2pm to 2.15pm
MOD St Athan - 2pm to 2.15pm
Cardiff Airport - 2pm to 2.15pm
Rolls-Royce Filton - 2.15pm to 2.30pm
MOD Abbey Wood - 2.15pm to 2.30pm
MOD Shrivenham - 2.15pm to 2.30pm
RAF Brize Norton - 2.15pm to 2.30pm

Thursday 21st February 2019:
Leuchars Station - 11.15am to 11.30am
RAF Tain - 11.30am to 11.45am
RAF Lossiemouth - 11.45am to 12pm

Thursday 28th February 2019:
Tornado 9-ship flypast from RAF Marham. The formation will conduct a flypast at RAFC Cranwell. More details will be added when known.....


The Royal Air Force has released stunning images of a unique aircraft formation to celebrate forty years of service by the Tornado GR4 fast jet.

RAF Tornado Farewell - UK Crown Copyright. When the Tornado is withdrawn from service on 31st March 2019 it will bring to an end four decades of service during which the aircraft has formed the backbone of UK airpower. Three training variants of the Tornado have received special markings including a camouflage scheme which the Tornado sported in its early career.

The Tornado first entered RAF service in 1979, principally in the Cold War nuclear strike and interdiction role. Its combat debut in the 1991 Gulf War heralded a period of near continuous operations which continue to this date.

Some 28 years after those first missions to help liberate Kuwait the RAF's two remaining Tornado squadrons, IX(B) and 31 Squadrons, remain on operations in the Middle East fully committed to the fight against Daesh as part of the Global Coalition effort.

"I was immensely proud to have led the 'Tail Art' formation, our first event which celebrates the imminent retirement of the Tornado after almost 40 years of service.

"The success of the sortie was borne out of the outstanding Whole Force support at RAF Marham who remain focused on sustaining Tornado operations and are as committed today as they were in 1982 when the first Tornado landed at the Station. "

Group Captain Ian (Cab) Townsend Station Commander at RAF Marham - Led formation in images

"I wasn't born when the Tornado first entered service with the RAF. It was a privilege to fly on today's training sortie which also captured fantastic imagery of this iconic aircraft. It will be a sad day for all of us when the Tornado shuts down its engines for the last time."

Flight Lieutenant Nathan Shawyer, 27 Last pilot to qualify on Tornado

RAF Tornado Farewell - UK Crown Copyright. RAF Tornado Farewell - UK Crown Copyright.
RAF Tornado Farewell - UK Crown Copyright. RAF Tornado Farewell - UK Crown Copyright.
Photos - UK Crown Copyright - Open Government Licence (OGL).

The RAF Tornado will be withdrawn from service on 31st March 2019, and will bring to an end four decades of service, during which the aircraft has formed the backbone of UK airpower. RAF Tornados returned home from Operations for the last time on 5th February 2019. Their last operational sortie took place from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on Thursday 31st January. This marked the end of over 28 years almost continual Operational deployment for the Tornado Force.

There will be a 3-ship Tornado Farewell Flypast, over three days, from Tuesday 19th February to Thursday 21st February 2019.

Timings have now been announced......

There will also be a Tornado 9-ship flypast from RAF Marham, on the afternoon of Thursday 28th February 2019. The formation will conduct a flypast at RAFC Cranwell. More details will be added when known.....