Photo courtesy from Paul Harvey
Our first military release is none other than the Panavia Tornado which was a multi-role combat aircraft. This particular GR4, registration ZA449, joined the RAF in June 1983 confirmed by Air Historical Branch (RAF) at RAF Northolt. Our initial research indicates this aircraft flew with No.2, No.15, and No.31 Squadrons, possibly more throughout its life.
In later years ZA449 flew on Operation Shader missions before reaching retirement in 2019. It also took part in the 2019 Tornado Farewell Flypasts as the camera ship before finishing its long career at Marham.
The Tornado has been an integral part for the Royal Air Force since rolling out in the late 70’s. With a swept wing design, the twin engines could power the aircraft way beyond the speed of sound. Include mid-air refuelling and various weapons capabilities, the ‘Tonka’ was formidable.
Our limited edition key chains were crafted from the top of the aircraft on the starboard side of the spine, just behind the right hand engine air intake.
A truly memorable piece to collect.
Limited Edition key chain: 80 (TBC) pieces
Our first military version will come in grey singles or a pair of grey and green Tailfins.
Photos courtesy from Paul Harvey and Chris Huggett