Wrexham will be treated to a Tornado ‘Finale Flypast’ tomorrow as the RAF gets set to retire the fast jet after 40 years of service.
Flypasts will take place over three days and take in nearly 40 sites across the UK relevant to the jets history including RAF and MoD bases across the UK.
Flight plans revealed by RAF Marham, the UK base for the iconic fighter show Tornado will perform a flypast over the Defence Electronics & Components Agency (DECA) within the grounds of the former RAF base at Sealand tomorrow, and will transit up to Sealand on a route to the east of Wrexham while heading that way.
Latest information regarding flight time shows the flypast at Sealand is due to take place at 1.38pm according to the latest ‘Notice to Airmen’ (NOTAM) brief for Tuesday.
The current route (orange line on map below) will see the Tornado ‘flypast’ at RAF Shawbury at 1.33pm before heading to MoD Sealand for 1.38pm – so will be to the east of the town and overhead Holt between those times.
The below map has been created by the ever excellent EGXWinfo group here.
First entering service in 1979, the fast jets have been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq.
The weapons capabilities of the soon-to-retire Tornados are now being delivered by RAF Typhoon jets, which will continue to take a leading role in the Coalition’s mission against Daesh.
The Tornado will be officially retired from service at the end of March and will only be used for training purposes over the UK in the intervening period.
It is understood one of the retiring Tornado’s will be handed to DECA Sealand. DECA Sealand has provided repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the Tornado avionics equipment.
Thanks to the MOD for images, Ali and Deeside.com for the plane-geek info!
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