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Panama F. Mk. 3 Tornado

 

October 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of Tom Lymburn

Panama F. Mk. 3 Tornado

The Panavia consortium, formed in March 1969, was charged with the development of the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) for Britain, Germany, and Italy. From this program came the variable geometry strike and recon aircraft known as the IDS. Britain also required a long-range all-weather interceptor. This version is known as the Air Defense Variant or ADV. The prototype ADV first flew on 27 October 1979 and 18 pre-production F. Mk. 2 Tornados followed. The definitive F. Mk. 3 flew in November 1985. One-hundred forty-four were produced for the RAF and a further 24 were built for Saudi A...



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