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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 1st Mar 2019, 13:08
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Found some video of the 9 ship..............

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Old 1st Mar 2019, 15:25
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More videos of the 9-ship here:
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 15:38
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Got a bit of dust in my eye watching those vids!
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 15:44
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Did some dust get in Number 9ís eye or was he using the references Number 3ís been using recently?
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To all ĎTeam Tonkaí wherever whenever you served.
A heartfelt THANK YOU one and all.
Be lucky
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 17:52
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Did some dust get in Number 9ís eye or was he using the references Number 3ís been using recently?
Amidst all the positivity and good will that Tornado retirement activities have generated, itís painfully obvious that some in the ex-Harrier community just canít let SDSR10 go.
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But he is right though.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 20:38
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Originally Posted by Peter G-W
But he is right though.


No, he isn't. Yesterday's performance was filmed by hundreds of people from all sorts of angles and most of them are going to look 'wrong' somehow. Not only did the Tornados put in a highly polished flypast over a Cranwell parade in what look like rubbish conditions: they had the confidence to put in a manoeuvring performance in Diamond 9 at Marham, and very presentable it looked too. That deserves a measure of respect rather than petty criticism, IMHO.





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Old 1st Mar 2019, 21:45
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Another thing one should keep in mind: they aren't the Red Arrows. Diamond 9's are not their "bread and butter" like a professional display team. They did incredibly well considering they have not had an entire winter to rehearse that formation.
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Old 1st Mar 2019, 23:04
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For those who are interested and who use facetube then pop onto the R.A.F MARHAM AIRCRAFT SPOTTERS GROUP ( link may not work for all as it is a closed group and you would need to request access.) where there are some fabulous photographs, not so much of the flights, but of the post-flight celebrations.

Regrettably I was in on the wrong side of the country to get any photos but from what I have seen then the guys did the us all proud.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 02:55
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Originally Posted by orca
Did some dust get in Number 9ís eye or was he using the references Number 3ís been using recently?
You absolute baffoon.

The Marham guys did an incredible job, fair play to them. Tornado GR1/4 has had a career that I donít think any other fast jet can hang itís hat on.

There are very few things that make me proud to serve in the RAF these days. That flypast is one of them. Well done guys.
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Originally Posted by Pure Pursuit


You absolute baffoon.

The Marham guys did an incredible job, fair play to them. Tornado GR1/4 has had a career that I donít think any other fast jet can hang itís hat on.

There are very few things that make me proud to serve in the RAF these days. That flypast is one of them. Well done guys.
Very well said. Everybody involved has much to feel extremely proud of. I never really thought that Tornado would turn in to such a brilliant workhouse because of its complexity but it became so flexible and adaptable.
Awesome piece of kit.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 08:37
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Originally Posted by Pure Pursuit




The Marham guys did an incredible job, fair play to them. Tornado GR1/4 has had a career that I donít think any other fast jet can hang itís hat on.

There are very few things that make me proud to serve in the RAF these days. That flypast is one of them. Well done guys.
I agree entirely. Only a few weeks ago these crews were flying ops over Syria. They are not display pilots but what they put on for us this week was just wonderful and a worthy tribute to one of the best strike aircraft to serve with the RAF.
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Originally Posted by Pure Pursuit


You absolute baffoon.

The Marham guys did an incredible job, fair play to them. Tornado GR1/4 has had a career that I donít think any other fast jet can hang itís hat on.

There are very few things that make me proud to serve in the RAF these days. That flypast is one of them. Well done guys.
Very well said Sir!

I wonder how long it will be before the nay-sayers realise just how pathetically trivial they are and resort to complaining we can't take banter which merely highlights how misplaced their tone was in the first place.

I have some photos from the hangar party which if I can remember to do it, will post here.
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Well said JAJ. Overall, I have been very impressed with the FINale. Some nice, composed and professional flying, IMO.

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Originally Posted by Vendee
A bit of both really. Sad to see it go but proud to be a part of it. It also made me feel rather old because as a young airman, I remember this "state of the art" aircraft coming into service like it was yesterday.........only it wasn't yesterday
Ditto. Time to pass the mantle and remember the good times...
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Bad reporting on the usually pretty good Torygraph though......
There wasn't 9, there was 10 in this image. And it was taken ~15 minutes after they all landed.

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Perhaps the most fitting tribute video..

There are some nice tributes going around but I like this one due to the topography and video quality.
Of course we will all have our own favourites I just like this one.

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Originally Posted by weemonkey
There are some nice tributes going around but I like this one due to the topography and video quality.
Of course we will all have our own favourites I just like this one.
What a brilliant video - many thanks for posting the link!
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