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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 18th Feb 2019, 10:32
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Nothing west of Bristol, I see, unless you're in Wales.
I'm afraid the South West is a forgotten area nowadays as far as the RAF is concerned. Would have been nice to see an overflight at Culdrose to show the navy what a real aircraft looks like, but I suppose the logistics of visiting an outlier like that just wouldn't have worked. Shame.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 11:31
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
I'm afraid the South West is a forgotten area nowadays as far as the RAF is concerned. Would have been nice to see an overflight at Culdrose to show the navy what a real aircraft looks like, but I suppose the logistics of visiting an outlier like that just wouldn't have worked. Shame.
Quite a few navigators I helped train at Finningley went on to the Tornado GR4 via Chivenor.
The RAF are still quite popular in Devon and Cornwall, particularly when the Red Arrows visit in the summer.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 12:21
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Timings for Tuesday and Wednesday flypasts are now on Marham's twitter page

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Old 18th Feb 2019, 12:37
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Subject to weather and aircraft serviceability here are the Tornado GR FINale flypast timings.

Tuesday 19th February

1315 – 1330 Kendrew Barracks (RAF Cottesmore) – National Memorial Arboretum – DECA Stafford – RAF Cosford
1330 – 1345 RAF Shawbury – DECA Sealand
1345 – 1400 RAF Valley
1415 – 1430 BAES Warton – BAES Samlesbury
1430 – 1445 RAF Spadeadam
1445 – 1500 RAF Leeming – RAF Topcliffe – RAF Linton-On-Ouse
1500 – 1515 RAF Waddington – RAF College Cranwell – Royal Air Force Coningsby
1515 – 1535 RAF Donna Nook – RAF Holbeach – RAF Wyton

Wednesday 20th February

1300 – 1315 Royal Air Force Honington
1315 – 1330 Imperial War Museum Duxford – Former RAE Bedford – Cranfield Airfield – Royal Air Force Halton – RAF High Wycombe
1330 – 1345 RAF Benson – HQ Land Forces, Andover, MOD Boscombe Down
1400 – 1415 RAF Pembrey – MOD St Athan – Cardiff Airport
1415 – 1430 Rolls Royce Filton – MOD Abbey Wood – MOD Shrivenham – RAF Brize Norton

Thursday 21st February

1115 – 1130 Leuchars Station
1130 – 1145 RAF Tain
1145 – 1200 RAF Lossiemouth
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 13:09
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From Tuesday's NOTAMS

FORMATION TRANSIT BY FAST JET MILITARY AIRCRAFT ROUTING : 523849N 0003304E ( MARHAM AERODROME ) 1300 524033N 0003410E ( VICINITY OF NARBOROUGH ) 1305 523815N 0000539W ( VICINITY OF THORNEY ) 1311 524844N 0003320W ( VICINITY OF MORTON ) 1313 524358N 0003911W ( COTTESMORE ) 1315 524107N 0004430W ( VICINITY OF OAKHAM ) 1316 523347N 0005709W ( SHANGTON ) 1318 523106N 0011243W ( BROUGHTON ASTLEY ) 1320 523652N 0013020W ( SHEEPY MAGNA ) 1322 524343N 0014337W ( ALREWASMEMORIAL ARBORETUM ) 1324 524945N 0020600W ( STAFFORD ) 1326 523824N 0021920W ( COSFORD AERODROME ) 1329 523441N 0023247W ( VICINITY OFMUCH WENLOCK ) 1330 524737N 0024005W ( SHAWBURY AERODROME ) 1333 531335N 0025933W ( SEALAND ) 1338 530329N 0042632W ( CAERNARFON BAY ) 1348 531453N 0043207W ( VALLEY AERODROME ) 1350 534442N 0025301W ( WARTON AERODROME ) 1426 534833N 0024802W ( VICINITY OF CATFORTH ) 1427 534627N 0023401W ( SAMLESBURY ) 1429 545436N 0024439W ( HAYTON ) 1442 550133N 0023607W ( SPADEADAM ) 1443 550301N 0023313W ( BERRY HILL ) 1444 544300N 0020153W ( BOLLIHOPE COMMON ) 1449 541732N 0013206W ( LEEMING AERODROME ) 1455 541219N 0012253W ( TOPCLIFFE AERODROME ) 1456 540256N 0011514W ( LINTON ON OUSE AERODROME ) 1457 533820N 0003647W ( WINTERTON ) 1503 532213N 0002532W ( NEWTON BT TOFT ) 1506 531000N 0003125W ( WADDINGTON AERODROME ) 1509 530626N 0004132W ( STAPLEFORD ) 1510 530134N 0003923W ( BRANDON ) 1511 530149N 0002906W ( CRANWELL AERODROME ) 1512 530536N 0001004W ( CONINGSBY AERODROME ) 1514 532330N 0000445W ( NORTH ELKINGTON ) 1517 532859N 0001338E ( VICINITY OF DONNA NOOK ) 1519 530531N 0002633E ( OFFSHORE SKEGNESS ) 1524 525152N 0001532E ( VICINITY OF HOLBEACH ) 1527 523150N 0002349E ( SOUTHERY ) 1531 523849N 0003304E ( MARHAM AERODROME ) 1545 BTN VALLEY AND WARTON FORMATION WILL CLIMB TO CONDUCT AAR IN AREA 13 ( VICINITY OF MORECAMBE BAY ) UNDER A RADAR SERVICE WITH SWANWICK MILITARY.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 16:05
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Careful your lords and masters might not like that....

"MPs said what was needed to deal with the proliferation of disinformation online ".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47255380
**** 'em....
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 17:53
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Tornado Farewell Tour Routes at following link.

Tornado Farewell Tour Routes

NOTAMs H0516/19 and H0513/19

https://notaminfo.com/node/5
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 07:49
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I'm afraid the South West is a forgotten area nowadays as far as the RAF is concerned.
Sadly true with the squaddification of Chiv. I recall waiting at the holding point in a brand new Hawk in early 1991 as a Tornado came in for a practice diversion - 2 new types, Chiv's new Officers' Mess being built - things looked quite rosy...

...until yet more cuts.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 12:42
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Three minutes early at Cosford museum. Lots of unhappy spotters
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 13:01
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**** 'em....

.......
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 13:09
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Nothing west of Bristol, I see, unless you're in Wales.
Nothing east of DECA Sealand I see, unless you're in England.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 14:26
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Slow speed at flight-level nose bleed - sorry but very unimpressive in my humble opinion...
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 14:26
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Stunning close Vic North-South over Leeming. I estimate 250' 360kts.
A great job done today, and every day.

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Old 19th Feb 2019, 14:38
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I agree, OAP. Superb close formation coming off Cranwell heading for Coningsby. Lovely sight and sound!
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 15:41
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Nice to see the three ship at Linton on Ouse. Massive amount of folks there and road completely log jammed. Funny to see RAF Police turn up, see the road blocked with driverless cars, turn around and go back on base. Strange never to see the tornado in a sky ever again.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 16:00
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I'm glad some places got a proper display. There may have been good reasons, but I'm afraid as far as Cosford was concerned it wasn't impressive at all. It's a shame; there were thousands of people, and apparently the tail-back of traffic reached the M54.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 16:26
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Slow speed at flight-level nose bleed - sorry but very unimpressive in my humble opinion...
Sadly these days there are usually far more stringent limits to fly to than we had back in the day.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 17:09
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Understand the last fly past mission is on Thu 21; any idea on launch / recovery times at MR? Would love to say farewell to the old girl....
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 18:45
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Originally Posted by Onceapilot View Post
Stunning close Vic North-South over Leeming. I estimate 250' 360kts.
A great job done today, and every day.

OAP
I too was at Leeming today! What a shame its all over.....good bye cold war warrior and thanks for the memories.....and thanks to the crews too! It must be particularly poignant for the Nav's/WSO's.
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Old 19th Feb 2019, 18:54
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For those of us ancients who can recall, was not the expression "must refurbish Canberra again" attributed to Uncle Roger writing his Straight and Level column in Flight International?
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