Tornados return to RAF Honington

Fitters begin to prepare to work on the fuselage Picture: RAF HONINGTON

Fitters begin to prepare to work on the fuselage Picture: RAF HONINGTON - Credit: RAF HONINGTON

Tornado jets have arrived back at RAF Honington in Suffolk, but not via the sky.

The re-assembled Tornados at RAF Honington Picture: RAF HONINGTON

The re-assembled Tornados at RAF Honington Picture: RAF HONINGTON - Credit: RAF HONINGTON

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.

The wings are re-attached to the fuselage of a Tornado Picture: RAF HONINGTON

The wings are re-attached to the fuselage of a Tornado Picture: RAF HONINGTON - Credit: RAF HONINGTON

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.

A Tornado is driven in on a lowloader into the base Picture: RAF HONINGTON

A Tornado is driven in on a lowloader into the base Picture: RAF HONINGTON - Credit: RAF HONINGTON


You may also want to watch:


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."

Most Read

The Tornado was withdrawn from service on March 31 after four decades of service in which it formed the backbone of UK airpower.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus