Original Post: RAF Coningsby Facebook
Well-wishers gathered today (Fri 13th October) to witness the final sorties of Tornado GR4 aircraft from 41 (Reserve) Test & Evaluation Squadron at RAF Coningsby.
The last flights mark the end of a long association of the Tornado with Coningsby.
The Tornado aircraft had two main variants. The Air Defence Variant, known in RAF service as the F2 and later the F3, was used as the name suggests in the UK and overseas as an air to air fighter / interceptor. The first F2s were delivered here on 5 November 1984.
The Interdictor/Strike version of the aircraft known in the RAF as the GR, ( Ground attack / reconnaissance) entered service with the RAF in January 1982, and the last incarnation of the type, the GR4, has served here at Coningsby with 41 Squadron since 2006.
Photos by SAC Mayfield.
Sgt Phil Major.
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