Is the Panavia Tornado any good?

Is the Panavia Tornado any good?

The Tornado still is a great aircraft – it’s fast (especially at low altitudes, which are its specialty), it’s agile (not F-16 agile, but still good), has a decent range, and can operate in short runaways.

Is Panavia Tornado still in service?

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom and West Germany….Panavia Tornado.

Tornado IDS/ECR
First flight 14 August 1974
Introduction 1979
Retired 2019 (RAF)
Status In service

How many RAF Tornados have crashed?

Between 1979 and 2001 there were 42 separate mid-air collisions involving RAF aircraft. 40 lives were lost and 47 aircraft – including 12 Tornados – destroyed. Since 2001, there have been nine mid-air collisions involving UK military aircraft.

How far can a Panavia Tornado fly?

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)

Can the Panavia Tornado dogfight?

It wasn’t designed as a dogfighter although in the hands of a well trained crew it could use its excellent radar, long range missiles and speed to hold its own against other fighters of its day.

How fast is Panavia Tornado?

Panavia Tornado
Maximum speed Mach 2.2 clean Mach 1.8 with stores
Cruising speed 921 mph 1,482 km/h
Range See Notes

What replaced the Panavia Tornado?

the Eurofighter Typhoon
In 2006, it was announced that, in addition to Saudi Arabia’s contract to purchase the Eurofighter Typhoon, both the Tornado IDS and ADV fleets would undergo a £2.5 billion program of upgrades, allowing them to remain in service to at least 2020. The Eurofighter has now replaced the Tornado ADV in the air-defence role.

Why is the Tornado called Tonka?

Nicknamed the “Tonka”, the aircraft’s first use in live operations was during the Gulf War in 1991, when 60 Tornado GR1s were deployed from bases in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

What will happen 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.

When was the last RAF pilot death?

Corporal Jonathan Bayliss, 41, died when the Hawk T1 jet crashed into the runway at RAF Valley in Anglesey North Wales on March 20 2018, but pilot Flight Lieutenant David Stark survived after ejecting moments earlier.

What is an F5 Tornado?

This is a list of tornadoes which have been officially or unofficially labeled as F5, EF5, or an equivalent rating, the highest possible ratings on the various tornado intensity scales. F5 tornadoes were estimated to have had maximum winds between 261 mph (420 km/h) and 318 mph (512 km/h).

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