Tornado jets fly over Wyton as the aircraft makes farewell tour of the country
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RAF Wyton is one of the locations set for a flypast from the Tornado jet as it embarks on its farewell tour.
Tornado jets roared over the skies of Huntingdon today (Tuesday) to mark the aircraft’s retirement from Royal Air Force service after almost 40 years.
The flypast took place over RAF Wyton on the first day of a three-day tour of RAF bases.
Designed by Panavia, the aircraft was a collaboration between the UK, Germany and Italy – coming into RAF service in 1979.
It saw combat during the Gulf War of 1991, while also flying operations over Kosovo, Iraq and Syria.
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A flight of Tornado jets returned home to the UK for the last time on February 5, landing at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
The Tornado will be replaced by the F-35 Lightning.
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hiller, a former Tornado pilot, said: “I will personally be very sad to see the Tornado retire.
“We can all take immense pride in what the Tornado has achieved in defence of the nation over nearly four decades.”
The RAF will say farewell to the Tornado jets in a three-day flypast starting on Tuesday, February 19. Three of the jets are set to fly around the country, passing many RAF bases. The Tornadoes are due to be fully retired in March after 40 years of service.