Crowds gather at Duxford for Tornado farewell flypast

PUBLISHED: 15:45 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:58 21 February 2019

Tornado farewell flypast at Duxford. Picture: David Hatton

Tornado farewell flypast at Duxford. Picture: David Hatton

David H Hatton, 2019

Crowds gathered at Imperial War Museum Duxford this afternoon to watch the flight of three Royal Air Force Tornados which roared overhead on their farewell tour.

RAF Tornado jets on their flypast over IWM Duxford. Picture: Phil ChaplinRAF Tornado jets on their flypast over IWM Duxford. Picture: Phil Chaplin

The jets – which have been in service since 1979 – are being retired this year, with Duxford on the list of flypast locations for their three-day tour of the UK.

Designed by Panavia, the aircraft was a collaboration between the UK, Germany and Italy, seeing combat during the Gulf War of 1991, while also flying operations over Kosovo, Iraq and Syria.

The Tornado will be replaced by the F-35 Lightning – costing $85 million per aircraft according to designers Lockheed.

Tornado farewell flypast at Duxford. Picture: David HattonTornado farewell flypast at Duxford. Picture: David Hatton

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