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Panavia Tornado

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The Aircraft

In 1969, Panavia was created to develop the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA).  The Panavia Tornado name was officially adopted in 1974.  The first prototype flew on 14 August 1974 with production going to the the Royal Air

Force, Luftwaffe, Marineflieger, Aeronautica MilitareItaliana and the Royal Saudi Air Force.

The Tornado saw extensive action in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Specifications (Tornado IDS)





Type: All-weather multi-purpose
Engines: two 16,000 lb (7257 kg) afterburning thrust Turbo-Union RB.199-34R Mk 101 turbofans
IDS: Interdiction/Strike version
ECR: Electronic Combat/Recon
ADV: Air Defense Variant
GR: RAF IDS designation
F: RAF ADV designation

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