Panavia Tornado GR4 – ZA461, 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Special Centenary Scheme
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33617: Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA461 of 15 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, Special Centenary Scheme. Limited edition of 1,000 Pieces
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Boxes are not totally perfect with light scratches to the lids. Models are brand new
2018 was the Centenary year of the Royal Air Force. In advance of these commemorations, a number of individual RAF Squadrons had already marked their Centenary years and delighted aviation enthusiasts by presenting one of their aircraft in a special commemorative scheme. Without doubt, one of the most attractive schemes applied to an RAF jet was the one that adorned Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA461 of 15(R) Squadron, whilst it was still based at Lossiemouth in Northern Scotland. Sadly, 15 Squadron disbanded in March 2017, ending a glorious 102 years of service with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, whilst also bringing to an end Scotland’s long association with the Panavia Tornado. 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.
Benefitting from much of the advanced technology developed during the controversially cancelled TSR.2 project, the Panavia Tornado was a Tri-national programme to develop one of the most sophisticated all weather strike attack aircraft in the world. With three major partners developing the aircraft and sharing production costs, it was hoped that economies of scale and shared technology would allow each country to introduce a highly advanced strike aircraft that would act as a significant deterrent to the Warsaw Pact nations. With its variable geometry wings and large tail, the distinctive Tornado is all about speed and power and during a long and successful service career, it has successfully taken part in a number of combat situations, most notably during the Gulf War of 1991.