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Tornado GR4 last flight

Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:13
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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, 17:19
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Routes have been announced


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Old 11th Feb 2019, 17:22
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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, 18:00
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Nothing on the west coast not even Abbotsinch
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Old 11th Feb 2019, 18:03
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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, 18:51
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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, 19:43
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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, 11:26
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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, 12:28
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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, 12:31
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'Tonka' is a groundcrew term. Much as 'Timmy' was for the TriStar....
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 13:45
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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, 18:02
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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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Old 17th Feb 2019, 14:03
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Any news on timings for next weeks flypasts?
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 14:43
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Any news on timings for next weeks flypasts?
Times are being released tomorrow (Monday).

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Old 17th Feb 2019, 17:33
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A couple of times have been leaked.
Tuesday: Cosford 13:29 and Valley 13:50.

Wednesday: Duxford 13:16

I am guessing at a 300kt transit (or there abouts) so Leeming / Linton area around 14:30 on Tuesday. Work out the rest yourselves as a rough guide. ;-)
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 22:14
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I suppose we should be glad that at least the old warhorse gets to do a couple of round robins, so to say, but talk about going out with a squeak rather than a bang...
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 04:37
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I suppose we should be glad that at least the old warhorse gets to do a couple of round robins, so to say, but talk about going out with a squeak rather than a bang...
She went out with many bangs last month on Op SHADER. They are the best bangs.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 08:51
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Originally Posted by BVRAAM View Post
She went out with many bangs last month on Op SHADER. They are the best bangs.

Careful your lords and masters might not like that....

"MPs said what was needed to deal with the proliferation of disinformation online ".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47255380
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 10:05
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She went out with many bangs last month on Op SHADER. They are the best bangs.
Certainly did. Up there fighting till the end.
It is a funny thing but just thinking of Tornado somehow made me feel safe.

It has been a truly outstanding aircraft and has given us all something to be proud of.
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 10:24
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She certainly corrected first impressions. Originally Multi Role Combat Aircraft. Those of us of a certain age will remember, when the next delay was announced. "MRCA: Must Refurbish Canberras Again"

To Cosford tomorrow, to salute one of the best for a long time.
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