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Old 6th Feb 2019, 07:17
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/f...ados-jf222x70q

Final flight home for crews on the retiring Tornados




The last of the RAF’s Tornado warplanes arrived home from overseas operations yesterday, amid growing concern about the gap that will be left when they retire next month........

Friends and family greeted the squadron members who flew the final three Tornado jets back from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to RAF Marham in Norfolk. Wing Commander James Heeps was given a box of Cadbury’s Heroes by his son George, three. Air chiefs presented Flight Lieutenant Chris Stradling, a navigator, with a badge to mark his 6,000th Tornado flying hour — an RAF record. The crew will retrain for other aircraft.....

It conducted its last strike as part of Operation Shader, the UK’s contribution to the global fight against Isis, attacking terrorist enclaves near Abu Kamal in eastern Syria on January 26.......

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