Gallery No 26 - Panavia Tornado

Aircraft - 4 Images

My thanks to Roger Dunn and the MOD for supplying these images.Wikipedia for the text.

The Panavia Tornado is a jet engine fighter-bomber jointly developed as the Multi-role combat aircraft - or MRCA - by Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. It first flew on August 14th, 1974. International co-operation continued after its entry into service within the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, a tri-nation training and evaluation unit operating from RAF Cottesmore in Rutland in the English Midlands.

Crew: 2
Wing Span: (Variable geometry wing)
At 25° wing position : 13.91 m (45.6 ft)
At 67° wing position: 8.60 m (28.2 ft)
Wing Area: 26.6 m² (286 ft²)
IDS/ECR: 16.72 m (54.9 ft)
ADV: 18.7 m (61.3 ft)
Height: 5.95 m (19.5 ft)
empty (IDS): 14,091 kg (31,065 lb)
empty (ADV): 14,500 kg (32,000 lb)
maximum take-off: 28,000 kg (61,700 lb)
Engines: Two Turbo-Union RB199-34R afterburning turbofans, version depending on model:
Early IDS/GR.1: Mk 101, each with 36.5 kN (8,210 lbf) dry thrust or 72.5 kN (16,300 lbf) in reheat
Later IDS/GR.1/GR.3/GR.4: Mk 103, each with 43.8 kN (9,850 lbf) dry thrust or 76.8 kN (17,270 lbf) in reheat
ADV: Mk 104, each with 40.8 kN (9,170 lbf) dry thrust or 77.1 kN (17,330 lbf) in reheat
ECR: Mk 105, each with 44.0 kN (9,890 lbf) dry thrust or 83.0 kN (18,660 lbf) in reheat
Max. Speed: clean: 2,338 km/h (1,452 mph) (Mach 2.27)
Service Ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)
Ferry Range (four external tanks):
IDS: 3,890 km (2,420 mi)
ADV: 4,265 km (2,650 mi)
Combat radius, typical hi-lo-hi: 1,390 km (869 mi)
(GR1/GR1A, IDS) two or (F3, GR4) one Mauser BK-27 cannon with 180 rounds per gun; ECR and GR4A have no cannon
(GR.1/GR.1A, IDS) three fuselage pylons and four swiveling underwing pylons for a maximum of 9000 kg (19,800 lb) of weapons, fuel, and ECM pods; inner wing pylons have shoulder rails for two AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM self-defence missiles
(ADV) semi-recessed fuselage attachments for four BAe Skyflash or AMRAAM, four AIM-9 Sidewinder or ASRAAM on dual rails on inner wing pylon; outer wing pylons not usually fitted


Some aircraft may appear identical but there are differences which will not be discernible from the image.

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16 Squadron GR1
27 Squadron GR1
43 Squadron F3
13 Squadron GR4

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