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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 6th Feb 2019, 09:25
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6000 hours on a fighter bomber type might not just be an RAF record. IIRC, Wayne Yarolan scored 5000 on the F4, but have not heard of any more than that.




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Old 6th Feb 2019, 11:16
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...inclined to agree; not come across or heard of anyone notching up that many hours in a single FJ type (I know a couple who hit 5k) - although standby for some hairy old Hawk QFI to emerge!
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 12:13
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 12:27
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I spent many an hour scanning the North German Plain for 4-ships of Fins barreling through a few feet above us. A couple of years later, I was sitting around the sandpit whilst some very brave people were committing JP233 runs.

Hats-off to all Tornado Muds. Fine crews operating a great aircraft that served us well.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 12:44
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 14:08
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May I ask what usually happens to planes when they get retired now that, I presume, none are needed for operational spares etc? Are any other nations still using them? Can they be sold on? Genuine question from a civvy.
Tornado GR.4 ZG752 will go to RAF Honington, to be displayed as a gate guard, Britain at War magazine can reveal.

Speaking at a media event at RAF Marham today, the RAF also announced its intention to preserve up to 12 GR.4s from the current fleet.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 14:11
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 14:25
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The crews for the last mission:

"The aircrew on the LHS does not wish to be named", Wing Commander James Heeps, OC IX Squadron, Wing Commander Matt Bressani, OC 31 Squadron and Sqn Ldr James Boning (Bonning?).



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Old 6th Feb 2019, 15:52
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 19:05
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Originally Posted by Jackonicko View Post
I agree about the Daily Mail - it's a dreadful rag. As I said before, I merely reported what it reported, and expressed my belief that they 'got it wrong.'

I don't believe that the tangoed oaf's decision to withdraw US forces had anything to do with the British decision to withdraw Tornado, nor the decision not to boost or reinforce the number of Typhoons on Shader - but both of those claims have been made, and I passed them on, with a suitable caveat.

I don't have an axe to grind with your current president. I don't like him, I don't respect him, and I don't rate him, but I don't have any axe to grind. I watch with a mixture of horror and amusement as he demonstrates his unfitness to lead, and watch, 'popcorn in hand', waiting to see whether he escapes being impeached.

On this, as so often, Trump is an irrelevance.
My last point, as I'd hate to detract the attention away from the fine men and women of the Tornado GR Force, past and present: He isn't my President - I fly the Union Flag.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 19:15
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Itís spelt Boning.

i wonít name the chap on the left but can confirm heís a top bloke!
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 19:24
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So why do the navs wear jock straps but the pilots don’t?
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 21:18
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So why do the navs wear jock straps but the pilots donít?
Look a little closer and you will see 3 sets of your so-called Ďjock strapsí. My understanding is that the kit in the combat survival life jacket is quite heavy and the straps stop it whacking you in the face on ejection?
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I think the straps are a feature of the latest mark of life preserver. The updated jacket was introduced to hold the head higher out of the water to reduce the likelihood of drowning if unconscious, and the straps must be to stop the jacket riding up (or the body dropping down, whichever way you want to look at it). I heard that the larger size of the stole gave some aircrew difficulties with head movement so they were allowed to stay with the previous mark of jacket. If you notice, OC IX Sqn doesn't have the straps and his stole cover is of different material. As so often, fix one problem, introduce another...
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 23:41
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Speaking at a media event at RAF Marham today, the RAF also announced its intention to preserve up to 12 GR.4s from the current fleet.
A little earlier I was checking up some facts on the Lightning (not the new one) and was surprised to learn that there are over 60 Lightnings surviving in various states of preservation, predominantly in the UK, but also in various other countries, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 18:49
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Frightening in USA nearly flight ready.
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Old 8th Feb 2019, 19:28
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i wonít name the chap on the left but can confirm heís a top bloke!
Neither will I but I do wonder if he has a picture in the attic as he looked like that over 20 years ago!
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Old 9th Feb 2019, 18:05
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Originally Posted by Easy Street View Post
I think the straps are a feature of the latest mark of life preserver. The updated jacket was introduced to hold the head higher out of the water to reduce the likelihood of drowning if unconscious, and the straps must be to stop the jacket riding up (or the body dropping down, whichever way you want to look at it). I heard that the larger size of the stole gave some aircrew difficulties with head movement so they were allowed to stay with the previous mark of jacket. If you notice, OC IX Sqn doesn't have the straps and his stole cover is of different material. As so often, fix one problem, introduce another...
Correct: the new(ish) Mk43 life preserver was made to meet more exacting floatation standards than the old marks. The crotch strap was introduced as meeting the freeboard requirement with immersion representative of parachute landing in water proved challenging: if the jacket rides up a small amount when total buoyancy never places your mouth a great distance above the water, then that small amount of ride up becomes significant.
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Neither will I but I do wonder if he has a picture in the attic as he looked like that over 20 years ago!
He certainly seems to be very highly regarded.

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 15:05
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A GR4 did an approach and overshoot at Edinburgh Airport this morning.
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