Three Tornado jet aircraft are to perform a flypast over RAF High Wycombe on Wednesday 20th February 2019.
The flypast marks the second day of a three day farewell by the RAF to the aircraft which are to be retired in March 2019.
As part of the farewell flypast three of the jets are set to fly around the country passing many of the United Kingdom’s RAF bases.
The Tornadoes, which were first used operationally during the First Gulf War, entered service in 1979 and are due to be fully retired in March 2019 after 40 years of service.
Initially the jets were to be retied in 2015 however their retirement was postponed so the planes could aid the fight in the Middle East.
On Wednesday 20th February 2019 a Tornado will perform a flypast over RAF High Wycombe, the planned timings are as follows :
- 1.00pm – 1.15pm : RAF Honington.
- 1.15pm – 1.30pm : Imperial War Museum Duxford – Former RAE Bedford – Cranfield Airfield – RAF Halton – RAF High Wycombe.
- 1.30pm – 1.45pm : RAF Benson – HQ Land Forces, Andover, MOD Boscombe Down.
- 2.00pm – 2.15pm : RAF Pembrey – MOD St Athan – Cardiff Airport.
- 2.15pm – 2.30pm : Rolls Royce Filton – MOD Abbey Wood – MOD Shrivenham – RAF Brize Norton.
Subject to weather and aircraft serviceability the Tornado GR FINale flypast timings for Weds the 20 Feb are 1300-1315 @RAFHonington 1315-1330 @I_W_M Duxford – Former RAE Bedford – Cranfield Airfield – @RAFHalton – @RAFHighWycombe #FarewellTornado
— RAF Marham (@RAF_Marham) February 18, 2019
— BAE Systems Air (@BAESystemsAir) February 19, 2019
— RAF Marham (@RAF_Marham) February 19, 2019