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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 1st Jan 2019, 13:57
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So the present Typhoon is emulating its namesake, the Hawker Typhoon ie originally designed to be a fighter but making its name as a useful tactical attack aircraft.
I believe it may have been 31 Sqdn at Bruggen but I can't positively be sure.
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 03:41
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....and finish it all off by slapping a few live 1000lb's into Garvie?
add a few more : Amble (Croquet Island), Jurby range , WD 8, MC 6, MC 9 - all back in the day
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Old 8th Jan 2019, 19:52
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Old 8th Jan 2019, 21:10
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Nice to see the old girl back in her original colours.
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Old 8th Jan 2019, 21:25
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Originally Posted by Vendee View Post
Nice to see the old girl back in her original colours.
Is it a full repaint or just the fin to save a few quid?
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Old 8th Jan 2019, 21:35
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Yes please thank you please.

Personally, I think this is the best scheme.

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Old 9th Jan 2019, 07:33
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That 17(F) aircraft looks terrible! I hope that the 'final' GR4 looks rather better.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 07:55
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Originally Posted by unmanned_droid View Post
Yes please thank you please.

Personally, I think this is the best scheme.

Had my back seater in CZ when I left 17(F) - Bill Hartree was the pilot. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 07:57
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Proper bomber. Under the Weather-Under the Radar...none of this poncing about at mid, get down until you see the fear in their eyes as the swept wing nemis outruns it's own sound...


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Old 9th Jan 2019, 08:24
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Originally Posted by BEagle View Post
That 17(F) aircraft looks terrible! I hope that the 'final' GR4 looks rather better.
Ok, the gauntlet is a bit manky but, this harks back to the interwar years.

Come on then, what's your pick of the GR schemes?
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 09:01
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Originally Posted by unmanned_droid View Post
Ok, the gauntlet is a bit manky but, this harks back to the interwar years.

Come on then, what's your pick of the GR schemes?
I think the scheme that TEEEJ posted above with the crests of all the sqns who operated her is fine. Other than that, perhaps the lovely E for Emma but I might be biased because my name was painted on her side.


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Old 9th Jan 2019, 09:25
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My thanks to the GR4 crew for the flypast near Masham, North Yorkshire yesterday.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 10:51
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Originally Posted by Harley Quinn View Post
Is it a full repaint or just the fin to save a few quid?
You can see from the image that it is more than just the fin.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 19:07
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Originally Posted by melmothtw View Post
You can see from the image that it is more than just the fin.
Looks more like light and shade on one shade of grey, on the curved contour of the fuselage.
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Old 9th Jan 2019, 19:14
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Originally Posted by typerated View Post
add a few more : Amble (Croquet Island), Jurby range , WD 8, MC 6, MC 9 - all back in the day
yep - I spent many an evening listening to Mission and Rafair flights on the scanner, routing back home from their nightly lowfly in Wales and the Lakes.

"Rafair 500, flight of 3 Tornadoes, exiting low level 20m South of Shawbury, looking for the Lichfield 180 then climb 270 direct MC6"

happy days
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Old 13th Jan 2019, 00:09
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Originally Posted by nipva
Not many 'past' GR operating bases left. Bruggen, Laarbruch, Honington, & Cottesmore have all ceased flying. Even the peripheral GR hosts such as Bedford and St Athan have also wound down with only UWAS still flying from St Athan. So sadly, that leaves just Lossiemouth and Marham with perhaps a nod to Boscombe Down. .
How about Mach Loop, Thirlmere, OLF Selkirk- Moffat pass, Spadeadam, Tain, Cowden, Donna, Wainfleet and Holbeach
It can't leave without visiting Warton and Samlesbury, we made it!! Thankfully the other users are keeping it flying for many years.
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Old 13th Jan 2019, 05:43
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Any display/demo appearances scheduled before the end?
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Old 13th Jan 2019, 13:08
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Originally Posted by Fishtailed View Post
It can't leave without visiting Warton and Samlesbury, we made it!! Thankfully the other users are keeping it flying for many years.
And Bristol I would hope where Rolls-Royce built and repaired many many hundreds of RB199 engines.
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Old 14th Jan 2019, 10:07
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Any display/demo appearances scheduled before the end?
Rumours from the spotters, that there will be no more low level training flights before retirement.
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Old 14th Jan 2019, 12:51
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Just had a GR4 over the house there. Ah, sounded great.
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