Panavia Tornado GR.Mk 4 – 617 (Dambusters) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, 50th Anniversary 2003
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale Legends AA33607: Panavia Tornado GR.Mk 4 ZA462 of 617 (Dambusters) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, Squadron 50th Anniversary 2003. Non limited Legends model with fixed lowered undercarriage within a plastic blister on a diorama base with a display stand.
PLEASE NOTE: The Corgi Legends model features fixed, non-moveable wings.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
617 re-equipped with the Tornado GR.1 at RAF Marham in 1982, and upgraded to the GR.4 variant in 2002, with which it is current. The following year, the squadron commemorated its 50th anniversary by adorning one of its aircraft with special tail markings, which are faithfully reproduced on this model. ZA462 joined the RAF in 1982 and was initially delivered to No.15 Squadron at RAF Laarbruch, Germany, followed by service with Nos. 617 and 17 Squadrons, before being upgraded from a GR.1 to a GR.4 in 2002. In 2003, it was reissued to 617 Squadron, who had relocated from RAF Marham, Norfolk to RAF Lossiemouth, Morayshire. Disbanded on 28 February 2014, after returning from a final HERRICK deployment on 30 January. 617 then began re-forming in 2016, in preparation to become the UK’s first frontline Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II unit, with which it is currently based at RAF Marham
Designed in collaboration with Britain, West Germany and Italy, the Tornado was first flown on August 14th, 1974 and is thought by many to be the most important military aircraft in Western European history. Nicknamed “The Flying Fin” because of its large tail fin, the Tornado has a variable wing sweep design and is capable of taking off and landing on short airstrips. It is equipped with terrain-following radar, which allows for hands-off, low-level flight in any weather. There are three primary versions: an electronic combat/reconnaissance version, an interceptor and a highly versatile strike fighter-bomber capable of carrying almost all of NATO’s air-launched weapons. No longer in RAF service the Tornado is now in the twilight of service with Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia; it is still a highly regarded and competent low level strike aircraft.