Tornado jet goes on display at IWM Duxford
PUBLISHED: 16:53 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 11 April 2018
A Tornado jet used in counter-Islamic State operations in the Middle East has gone on display at IWM Duxford.
Tornado GR4 ZA469 was transported today (Wednesday) from the Conservation Hall in AirSpace at Duxford.
Visitors to the museum can now admire the multi-role combat aircraft – an “unsung hero” of the Royal Air Force – in the Battle of Britain exhibition.
Over the next few years, Imperial War Museums will be working closely with those who have experience with this remarkable aircraft to collect and tell their stories.
Diane Lees, director general at IWM, said: “Imperial War Museums is actively building its contemporary conflict collections.
“This Tornado represents some of the most significant post-2001 conflicts in which UK Armed Forces have been involved.
“Over the next few years, we hope to work with former Tornado aircrew – especially those who have flown in this aircraft – to also tell the personal stories of those who have taken part in these conflicts.”
The Tornado GR4 is the most significant combat jet used by the Royal Air Force during the last 27 years and continues in service until 2019.
Duxford’s Tornado – ZA 469 – was deployed to Afghanistan between 2011 and 2014, and frequently operated in support of ground forces.
In 2011 it flew on Operation Ellamy, to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.
It most recently took part in counter-ISIS operations in the Middle East.
Imperial War Museums is delighted to be working with RAF Marham in Norfolk to add Tornado GR4 ZA469 to its displays at IWM Duxford.
Wing Commander Phil Marr, acting station commander at RAF Marham, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to loan a Tornado GR4 to Imperial War Museums, especially as the Tornado Force enters its last year of service with the Royal Air Force.
“The Tornado has been supporting operations across the globe for just over 27 years and continues to fly sorties in the Middle East today, so it is great for visitors to IWM Duxford to be able to see an aircraft up close that is currently being used on operations.”