Tornado GR4 now on display at IWM Duxford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 April 2018

Tornado GR4 now on display at IWM Duxford.

Tornado GR4 now on display at IWM Duxford.

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A Royal Air Force combat jet is now on display in Duxford as part of the Imperial War Museum’s Battle of Britain exhibition.

Tornado GR4 now on display at IWM Duxford. Tornado GR4 now on display at IWM Duxford.

On loan from the Conservation Hall in AirSpace, the Tornado GR4 ZA469 is the most significant combat jet used by the Royal Air Force during the last 27 years and continues in service until 2019.

This aircraft – ZA 469 – deployed to Afghanistan between 2011 and 2014, frequently operated in support of ground forces.

In 2011 it flew on Operation Ellamy, to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. Most recently it took part in counter-ISIS operations in the Middle East.

Wing commander Phil Marr, acting station commander, RAF Marham, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to loan a Tornado GR4 to Imperial War Museums, especially as the Tornado Force enters its last year of service with the Royal Air Force.

“The Tornado has been supporting operations across the globe for just over 27 years and continues to fly sorties in the Middle East today so it is great for visitors to IWM Duxford to be able to see an aircraft up close that is currently being used on operations.”

Diane Lees, director-general, Imperial War Museums, said: “Imperial War Museums is actively building its contemporary conflict collections.

“This Tornado represents some of the most significant post-2001 conflicts in which UK armed forces have been involved.

“Over the next few years, we hope to work with former Tornado aircrew – especially those who have flown in this aircraft – to also tell the personal stories of those who have taken part in these conflicts.”

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