Panavia Tornado IDS – JaBoG 31 Boelcke, Luftwaffe, Norvenich AB, Germany 2001
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Hobby Master 1/72 scale HA6703: Panavia Tornado IDS 43+25 of JaBoG 31 Boelcke, Luftwaffe, Norvenich AB, Germany, 2001. Production run of 800 models.
Length 9.25 inches Wingspan 7.75 inches
JaBoG 31 “Boelcke” began to relocate from Buchel AB to Norvenich AB in January 1958 and was fully functional by mid June. In January 1959 JaBoG 31 became the first German Air Force wing to join NATO. In 1961 the wing received the name “Boelcke” in honor of the WWI German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke. In 1979 JaBoG 31 was the first unit to equip with the Panavia Tornado IDS. Tornado 43+25 completed its maiden flight on September 4, 1981 and was accepted by the Luftwaffe on October 21, 1981.
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.