Imperial War Museum Duxford has unveiled it’s latest exhibition: a Tornado GR4 jet!
The Tornado is one of the most significant combat jets used by the Royal Air Force over the last three decades. This particular jet, ZA 469, was deployed in Afghanistan between 2011 and 2014, usually in support of ground troops.
In 2011 it flew as part of Operation Ellamy to help enforce a no-fly zone over Libya and recently took part in a counter-ISIS operation in the Middle East.
Today the jet was transported from the Conservation Hall into the Battle of Britain exhibition where the public can see it on display.
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.”
You can find out all the geeky details about the Tornado at the RAF website