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Panavia Tornado GR1 – Foxy Killer, Gulf War 1991 (Preserved Duxford)

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33602: Tornado GR1 ZA465 in superb Gulf War livery. Has the personalised inscription “Foxy Killer” on the nose, adapted from its tail code FK. Now preserved at Duxford Imperial War Museum. Complete with optional undercarriage and canopy positions, moving wings, moving elevators, weapon load and stand. Limited edition of 5,000 pieces.

Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches

ZA465 first joined the RAF in June 1984, when it was allocated to No.16 Squadron at Bruggen in Germany with the code letters ‘FK’. When Iraq invaded Kuwait and Britain became involved in the Gulf War, ZA465 was given an overall ‘desert pink’ camouflage and detached to Tabuk in Saudi Arabia on 4th January 1991. In addition to the bomb symbols, the aircraft was painted with a sharkmouth, given the name ‘Foxy Killer’ from its tail code ‘FK’ and adorned with an appropriate female figure and the names of the ground crew. It last served with No.12 Squadron at Lossiemouth and was retired from service to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on 25th October 2001, where it is on display today.

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.
ZA465 first joined the RAF in June 1984, when it was allocated to No.16 Squadron at Laarbruch in Germany with the code letters ‘FK’. When Iraq invaded Kuwait and Britain became involved in the Gulf War, ZA465 was given an overall ‘desert pink’ camouflage and detached to Tabuk in Saudi Arabia on 4th January 1991. In addition to the bomb symbols, the aircraft was painted with a sharkmouth, given the name ‘Foxy Killer’ from its tail code ‘FK’ and adorned with an appropriate female figure and the names of the ground crew. It last served with No.12 Squadron at Lossiemouth and was retired from service to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on 25th October 2001, where it is on display today.

The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy. There are three primary variants of the Tornado; the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor.

The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West Germany, and Aeritalia of Italy. It first flew on 14 August 1974 and was introduced into service in 1979–1980. Due to its multirole nature, it was able to replace several different fleets of aircraft in the adopting air forces. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) became an export operator of the Tornado in addition to the three original partner nations. A tri-nation training and evaluation unit operating from RAF Cottesmore, the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, maintained a level of international cooperation beyond the production stage.

The Tornado was used by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Italian Air Force and Royal Saudi Air Force during the 1991 Gulf War, in which the Tornado conducted many low-altitude penetrating strike missions. The Tornados of various operators were also used in conflicts in the former Yugoslavia during the Bosnian War and Kosovo War, the Iraq War, Libya during the Libyan civil war, as well as smaller roles in Afghanistan and Yemen. Including all variants, a total of 992 aircraft were built.

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Weight 1.7 kg