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    Default Tornado Takeoff



    Final preparations and launch of RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft for the first UK air combat mission in support of UN Resolution 1973.

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    Default Return of Tornado GR4



    Tornado GR4 aircraft return safely to RAF Marham after the 3000 mile flight to launch Stormshadow missiles against Libyan Air Defences. This marks the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict. The operation was supported by VC10 and Tristar air-to-air refuelling aircraft as well as E3D Sentry and Sentinel surveillance aircraft

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    Tornado GR4 aircraft return safely to RAF Marham after the 3000 mile flight to launch Stormshadow missiles against Libyan Air Defences. This marks the longest range bombing mission conducted by the RAF since the Falklands conflict. The operation was supported by VC10 and Tristar air-to-air refuelling aircraft as well as E3D Sentry and Sentinel surveillance aircraft.
    I can't help but think it would have been a whole lot easier with the Ark Royal and Harriers on board sat off the Libyan coast. Which is the better ground attack aircraft?

    Anyway, good work.

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    The Harrier and the Tornado are different aircraft for different roles, both of which they do/did well. That the Harrier could do a good job is not in doubt, its only problem might have been that of short range. It's a damned shame that the MoD denied the RN/RAF & JHF the option.

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    Interesting, I thought we were just sending one, and rotating with NATO E-3's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    Interesting, I thought we were just sending one, and rotating with NATO E-3's.
    That's a photo in RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.

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    Thanks, are you in Cyprus now? I've heard the locals aren't too happy about the use of the SBA's, even for support functions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyslapper View Post
    Thanks, are you in Cyprus now? I've heard the locals aren't too happy about the use of the SBA's, even for support functions.
    Not at the moment no. The photo's from Associated Press.
    Yeah many people in Cyprus are never happy when RAF Akrotiri is used for such campaigns.
    In Greece it's the same when Souda or Aktion is used by US forces.

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    Some GR.4 Tornadoes:






















    And some LGBs:

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    Royal Air Force VC10 and Tristar air-to-air refuelling aircraft from RAF Brize Norton supported overnight operations (March 19) against targets in Libya.
    [Picture: SAC Neil Chapman, Crown Copyright/MOD 2011]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie191 View Post
    I can't help but think it would have been a whole lot easier with the Ark Royal and Harriers on board sat off the Libyan coast. Which is the better ground attack aircraft?

    Anyway, good work.
    Another thing not mentioned by DW, the Storm Shadow wasn't intergrated on Harrier, so stand-off attack wasn't an option - never ideal when attacking air defence and C3 sites...

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    Not mentioned because I didn't think it relevant. Brimstone also not integrated, although it was being trialled just prior to the Harrier being chopped, also no gun, but CRV7 rocket pods. Could also carry Maverick.

    Another thing? So what else didn't I mention - was this an exam or what?

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    Default RAF 111 Squadron Carry Out A Disbandment Parade At RAF Leuchars



    Members of RAF 111 Fighters Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Members of RAF 111 Fighters Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Members of RAF 111 Fighter Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, salutes a flypast from Typhoons during the fRAF 111 Fighter Squadron, disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Members of RAF 111 Fighter Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Members of RAF 111 Fighter Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Tornados from RAF 111 Fighter Squadron, fly over the disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.


    Members of RAF 111 Fighter Squadron, carry out a disbandment parade at RAF Leuchars on March 22, 2011 in Leuchars, Scotland. The squadron which has been around d for 94 years performed a ceremonial flypast as the Tornado F3 aircraft completes its RAF Service, and Typhoons take over.

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    Some spectacular shots there, Vor.

























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