Tornados return to RAF Honington
PUBLISHED: 12:22 05 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:30 05 July 2019
Tornado jets have arrived back at RAF Honington in Suffolk, but not via the sky.
Five of the iconic jets were brought in broken down in pieces by lorries and re-assembled.
The last time they flew over the station was on February 20 when crowds gathered to bid farewell to the iconic jet.
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The very first operational squadron was formed at RAF Honington in 1982 and the Tornado flew from there until 1994.
The jets returned in various pieces by road with the assistance of the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron.
They will now be used within the Complex Air Ground Environment training area at Honington and as props for training.
A base spokesman said: "It will allow personnel to practice operating in the CAGE in a realistic set up of a Tornado flight line and the inherent dangers that can be found when clearing individuals from and operating weapon systems in this type of environment."
The Tornado was withdrawn from service on March 31 after four decades of service in which it formed the backbone of UK airpower.