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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 21st Feb 2019, 18:55
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The saddest thing for me is that the Tornado is no longer available as a flyable option.

Typhoons and F-35's are cool, but they ain't Tornados!!!
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:01
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Sad, and boring (yes , moi aussi) to read so much drivel on here. Throw away your keyboards, come to my pub, and I'll put you right. And yes, I did fly both, and desked them at Gp and MoD.

Waiting to be put in my box

Farewell RAF Tornado - another aviation Icon.

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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:20
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Originally Posted by jindabyne View Post
Sad, and boring (yes , moi aussi) to read so much drivel on here. Throw away your keyboards, come to my pub, and I'll put you right. And yes, I did fly both, and desked them at Gp and MoD.

Waiting to be put in my box
Did I hear someone say "free beers"?
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 19:37
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Big crowd around Lossiemouth today, not helped by one of the main car parks by the beach being flooded! I’ve heard a lot of “ we went faster / lower / better in our day” but, given the restrictions that seem to be designed to stop current aircrew doing ANYTHING these days, I thought it was a pretty good show. I look forward to seeing the photos from the Hawk.

Well done boys and girls and good luck for the future.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:01
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Jock

First round yes!! Have you far to travel?
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:03
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Originally Posted by Timelord View Post
Big crowd around Lossiemouth today, not helped by one of the main car parks by the beach being flooded! I’ve heard a lot of “ we went faster / lower / better in our day” but, given the restrictions that seem to be designed to stop current aircrew doing ANYTHING these days, I thought it was a pretty good show. I look forward to seeing the photos from the Hawk.

Well done boys and girls and good luck for the future.
There you go. ACM Sir Stephen Hillier was the flight lead and Gp Capt "Cab" Townsend was his #2!



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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:14
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Thanks, nice pictures.

Great, a not very current CAS and a Harrier mate, what could possibly have gone wrong? Respect to whoever was in their back seats!
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:20
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I assume the Harrier driver was the one actually in formation?
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:41
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And the debrief will conclude that whatever went wrong was the fault of number 3
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:51
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What now for them, are the survivors allotted to Cosford as trainers or similar? Or are they being dispersed to some museums? One just hopes they do not end up as coke cans and frying pans.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 20:55
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What now for them,

Hang on, there's still a few more planned ceremonial sorties yet....

Hopefully all 3 specials are serviceable because I will be there to say my own goodbye to our nation's old friend....
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 08:01
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Farewell Tornado. Shame they couldn't have flown over INV on their way to/from Tain/Lossie. Many ex-Service personnel at the airport where, for years, Tornados did practice approaches and occasional diversions, the airport provided weekend land away post displays, etc. and INV used to receive 4-ship flypasts at Christmas.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 15:05
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier's special patch.


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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 15:29
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier's special patch.

very nice...but I can't be bothered trying to work out the relevance of the dates.

Not mine however...

KEEPERS OF THE 'FIN'

A reminder to you men, you heroes who flew it,
There's another bunch who also knew it.

The scruffy young 'pantrash' out manning the line,
Strapping in or on headset, come rain or come shine.

The Riggers and Fairies in a constant fight,
Who's bit kept failing that last CSAS BITE.

The Sooties, late nightshift, a forlorn hope,
Birdstrike, Vib Caption, Failed Boroscope.

"Thanks to the Armourers" came the Aircrew's response.
Even though most of their bits need only work once.

Our patches are not 'Thousand hours' or higher.
Our badges are scars from Locking Wire.

Take pride in the honour it was to have flown it
But remember, you borrowed! It was the groundcrew that owned it.


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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 17:39
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The dates he started and ended flying the GR (we were on adjacent TTTE courses).

And only 2000hours? A mere pup!
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 19:45
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Ah so an AVM as lead and a Gp Capt as the no.2 probably explains why No. 3 seemed reluctant to stay in close ;-)

Whatever is said, it was a bloody good show all round. I remember seeing the very first tornados flying around as I was a kid and they played their part in me joining the military.
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 20:05
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Correction from earlier, it seems Cab was in the back of Sir Stephen's jet.

Seems like a rather scary flight to sign off, with the CAS not being particularly current or the Stn Cdr only having a few hundred hours on the jet himself without a QFI qualification on type?
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 20:12
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Originally Posted by BVRAAM View Post
Correction from earlier, it seems Cab was in the back of Sir Stephen's jet.

Seems like a rather scary flight to sign off, with the CAS not being particularly current or the Stn Cdr only having a few hundred hours on the jet himself without a QFI qualification on type?
Perhaps, but a decent amount of "Top-cover"
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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 20:51
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Good pics! And, great to see Sir Steve still building his hours. Mind you, he did steal a couple of those hours doing an IRT on me in ZA612 over 30 years ago!

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Old 22nd Feb 2019, 21:00
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So let me get this straight, the Chief of the Air Staff, a previous Tornado pilot, Sqn Cdr, Stn Cdr current on the jet but only as a VSO, has an ex Harrier Pilot, now Tornado Stn Cdr as his nav, with NO back seat qualification leading a three ship of Tornados.

CAS is (was) a very talented pilot, he worked for me as a young man. I would love to see the auth sheet. Load of BoŁŁocks.





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