Is the RAF Tornado any good?

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Is the RAF Tornado any good?

Yes, the Tornado F.Mk 3 was effective at the end of its career. But all of the good systems that were integrated onto the F.Mk 3 would have been more effective on an aircraft of higher performance. Again, this is case of Tornado succeeding in spite, not because, of its design.

What replaced the Panavia Tornado?

Eurofighter Typhoon
The ASSTA 2 upgrade began in 2005, primarily consisting of several new digital avionics systems and a new ECM suite; these upgrades are to be only applied to 85 Tornados (20 ECRs and 65 IDSs), as the Tornado is being replaced in part by the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Are any RAF Tornados still flying?

The final RAF Tornados have left service, with its capabilities being transferred to the Typhoon.

How fast is Panavia Tornado?

1,490 mph
Tornado fact file

Date: 1989
Mark: F.3
Crew: 2 (pilot, navigator)
Top speed: 1,490 mph (2,400 km/h)
Range: 1,151 miles (1,853 km)

Does the UK still fly tornados?

The Tornado, nicknamed the Tonka, is being retired by the RAF after four decades, in a flypast today. The RAF Tornado will fly for the final time today, bringing to an end four decades of distinguished operational history with the British armed forces.

How low can Tornadoes fly?

It can fly at a maximum altitude of 50,000 feet.

What happens to the RAF Tornados now?

After almost 40 years serving the UK on military operations across the world, iconic RAF Tornado jets have returned home for the last time. The Tornado will be officially retired from service at the end of March and will only be used for training purposes over the UK in the intervening period.

How much does a Tornado jet cost?

The latest estimated cost of the RAF Typhoon programme was some £17.6 billion ( demonstration and manufacture) – making it the most expensive weapon system yet produced for the UK Armed Forces. A rough unit cost estimate is £110 million (demonstration and manufacture divided by 160 aircraft).

Where is Tornado Alley?

Although the boundaries of Tornado Alley are debatable (depending on which criteria you use—frequency, intensity, or events per unit area), the region from central Texas, northward to northern Iowa, and from central Kansas and Nebraska east to western Ohio is often collectively known as Tornado Alley.

Who was the manufacturer of the B-45 Tornado?

The North American B-45 Tornado was an early American jet-powered bomber designed and manufactured by aircraft company North American Aviation. It has the distinction of being the first operational jet bomber to enter service with the United States Air Force…

Who are the manufacturers of the Tornado aircraft?

“The Tornado was manufactured by Panavia, a consortium of BAE Systems, EADS (formerly Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace) and Alenia Aeronautica.” Tornado GR 1 interdictor strike (IDS) aircraft are in service with the German Air Force and Navy (290), Italian Air Force (90), UK Royal Air Force (186) and the Royal Saudi Air Force (96).

What was the first jet bomber in the world?

North American B-45 Tornado. The North American B-45 Tornado was the United States Air Force’s (USAF) first operational jet bomber, and the first multiengine jet bomber in the world to be refueled in midair.

Where was the tornado used by the RAF?

The Tornado was also adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and operated from bases in Britain, where it was repeatedly used to overfly the Soviet Union on various intelligence-related missions. The RAF operated the type until it had introduced its own indigenously-developed jet bomber fleet, initially in the form of the English Electric Canberra .

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