Panavia Tornado (Paperback)

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Panavia Tornado (Paperback)


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A successful example of European co-operation, the Tornado multi-role strike aircraft was designed to meet a 1968 specification for a two-seat Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) and developed by the international Panavia Aircraft consortium owned jointly by British Aerospace, Germany’s MBB and Italy’s Aeritalia.

First flown in August 1974, the twin-turbojet powered two-seat aircraft with a variable geometry wing, entered service with the Royal Air Force, the German Luftwaffe and Marineflieger and the Italian Aeronautica Militare Italiana in the 1980s at the height of the Cold War.

The RAF Tornado GRs achieved 38 years of unbroken service deployed on various conflicts with NATO allies including operations in the Gulf, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Libya and Syria before being withdrawn from service in 2019. German and Italian Tornados continue anti-ISIL operations over Syria and Iraq.

A total of 940 Tornados were produced including 96 for Saudi Arabia and Air Defence Variants, plus nine prototypes and six pre-production aircraft. More than 200 remain in service in 2020.

Written by aviation expert David Oliver, this well-informed and readable book, accompanied by 200 illustrations, covers the Tornado’s development, production, service in the RAF, German, Italian and Saudi Arabian Air forces as well as operations in the Gulf, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
David Oliver has written over fifteen books covering both specific aircraft types and wider aviation and military history. He has also worked for the respected Jane’s defence information publishers.
Product Details ISBN: 9781398110571
ISBN-10: 1398110574
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication Date: April 15th, 2024
Pages: 96
Language: English