Panavia Tornado GR1 – ZA447 “MiG Eater”,15 Sqn RAF, Tabuk AB, Saudi Arabia, Operation Granby 1991
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA6704: Panavia Tornado GR.Mk 1 ZA447 “MiG Eater” of 15 Sqn RAF, Tabuk AB, Saudi Arabia, Operation Granby 1991. Production run of 1,000 models
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
The British participation in the Gulf War was called “Operation Granby” with 15 Squadron based at Tabuk AB in Saudi Arabia. One of these was Tornado GR1 ZA447/EA, painted in a desert pink scheme and flew 40 combat missions, making it one of the most used Tornados. On one airfield denial mission over Iraq ZA447/EA destroyed what was thought to be a MiG-29 so the aircraft was given nose art “Mig Eater”. Later it was discovered that it was actually a Mirage F.1. RAF Tornados flew a total of 2,500 sorties.
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.