RAF’s Tornado ‘retro jet’ in action

Photo: @RAFMarhamMedia


The third and last of the Royal Air Forces specially marked Tornado GR4s took to the air yesterday for an air-to-air photo sortie alongside the other two jets to have received special markings to mark the type’s retirement from service on March 31.

The latest aircraft to be prepared by the Marham Serco Surface Finishing, Tornado GR4 ZG752 wears the wraparound grey/green scheme in which the Tornado GR1 entered RAF service back in 1982. The same jet previously wore ‘RAF100’ titles to mark the service’s centenary last year.

The first of the retirement schemes was applied to Tornado GR4 ZG775 ‘AF’ of No IX (Bomber) Squadron at RAF Marham, Norfolk.

It was followed by Tornado GR4 ZD716 ‘DH’ of No 31 Squadron. The ‘Goldstars’ jet was rolled out of the paint shop at RAF Marham on November 13.


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