Panavia Tornado GR.Mk 4 – ZA462, 617 (Dambusters) Sqn, RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, Squadron 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. Legends models come in a blasic blister on a diorama base.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: This model features fixed lowered undercarriage and fixed, non-moveable wings. It does have a full weapon load and display stand.
617 Squadron 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 15 Squadron at RAF Laarbruch, Germany, followed by service with 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.
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.
The Tornado GR4 was officially retired from RAF service on 1 April 2019, the 101st anniversary of the force, replaced by the Typhoon and F-35 Lightning. It remains in service in Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia.