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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 11th Feb 2019, 18:13
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Routes for the final flypasts have been published on the RAF Marham Twitter page
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 18:19
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Routes have been announced


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Old 11th Feb 2019, 18:22
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Thanks Wub/insty, think I'll pop over to Tain and hope for an FRA over the bridge from behind the Struie Hill Mind you, If they've got anything left for the Mauser's then there's always the strafe targets!
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 19:00
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Nothing on the west coast not even Abbotsinch
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 19:03
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Cottesmore? It's an Army base now.

What about all the ex-GR mates working down the road at Wittering?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 19:51
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LFA14-T have been listening to these things thundering around day & night for more than 3 decades now (not complaining!), so it would have been nice... Guess from the bases & probable routing that we won't be seeing any in the Great Glen?
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 20:43
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Originally Posted by just another jocky View Post
Cottesmore? It's an Army base now.

What about all the ex-GR mates working down the road at Wittering?
Looking at the lists I reckon they have gone for sites with a past Tornado connection and joined those dots with overflights of non-Tornado but well-populated sites like Benson, Waddington and Shawbury. Doesn't seem like they're going out of their way for such 'extras' but that's understandable IMHO.

Anyway, any ex-GR mates as close to hand as Wittering will surely be saying farewell at one of the thrashes at Marham!
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 12:26
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A low pass over Southend Airport this morning 11.30.

To see one for the last time in the air made this old Tonka fixer very happy, and brought back a lot of good memories

Thanks.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 13:28
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Nothing west of Bristol, I see, unless you're in Wales.

By the way, is the name Tonka in currency in the RAF, or is it another enthusiast-led idea?
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 13:31
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'Tonka' is a groundcrew term. Much as 'Timmy' was for the TriStar....
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 14:45
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Originally Posted by claron View Post
A low pass over Southend Airport this morning 11.30.

To see one for the last time in the air made this old Tonka fixer very happy, and brought back a lot of good memories

Thanks.
I can well imagine ex Tonka fixer.
You and your colleagues can feel extremely proud of the work you have done to maintain serviceability of this fantastic aircraft.
I have a number of friends who worked long and hard on her.
It was as one always used to remind me 'an amazing piece of kit'.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 19:02
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Originally Posted by Easy Street View Post
Looking at the lists I reckon they have gone for sites with a past Tornado connection and joined those dots with overflights of non-Tornado but well-populated sites like Benson, Waddington and Shawbury. Doesn't seem like they're going out of their way for such 'extras' but that's understandable IMHO.

Anyway, any ex-GR mates as close to hand as Wittering will surely be saying farewell at one of the thrashes at Marham!
Indeed, but shouldn't be too difficult to move the IP-Tgt run round to overfly Wittering too.

The students & cadets would love it too.
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