When and Where to see the Tornado farewell flypast

RAF Tornado at Cardiff Airport (Image: Aviation Media Co.)
RAF Tornado at Cardiff Airport (Image: Aviation Media Co.)

Ove the next 3 days the Royal Air Force is carrying out a farewell tour of the UK with 3 RAF Tornados.

The Panavia Tornado, affectionately known as “Tonka”, has been in service with the RAF in various forms for nearly four decades and it was Britains front line Cold War fighter bomber. It saw its combat debut in 1991 during the Gulf War and proved an effective ground attack aircraft.

Here is where and when to see them. (Subject to weather)

Tuesday 19th February

  • 1.15pm – 1.30pm:  Kendrew Barracks (RAF Cottesmore), National Memorial Arboretum, DECA Stafford & RAF Cosford
  • 1.30pm – 1.45pm: RAF Shawbury, DECA Sealand
  • 1.45 – 2pm: RAF Valley
  • 2.15pm – 2.30pm: BAES Warton & BAES Samlesbury
  • 2.30pm – 2.45pm: RAF Spadeadam
  • 2.45pm – 3pm: RAF Leeming, RAF Topcliffe & RAF Linton-On-Ouse
  • 3pm – 3.15pm: RAF Waddington, RAF College Cranwell & RAF Coningsby
  • 3.15pm – 3.35pm: RAF Donna Nook, RAF Holbeach & RAF Wyton

Wednesday 20th February

  • 1pm – 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
  • 2pm – 2.15pm: RAF Pembrey, MOD St Athan & Cardiff Airport
  • 2.15pm – 2.30pm: Rolls Royce Filton, MOD Abbey Wood, MOD Shrivenham & RAF Brize Norton

Thursday 21st February

  • 11.15am – 11.30am: Leuchars Station
  • 11.30am – 11.45am: RAF Tain
  • 11.45am – 12pm: RAF Lossiemouth
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