News Local British forces in Cyprus bid farewell to the Tornado GR4 jet (video)

British forces in Cyprus bid farewell to the Tornado GR4 jet (video)

After four decades of service, RAF Tornado GR4s have returned to Britain from operations in the Middle East, as the aircraft is being retired by the RAF which seeks to move to more advanced and modern capability.

On Tuesday, the homecoming Tornados landed at RAF Marham in Norfolk, with personnel and their families watching on to celebrate the end of an era.

“It is with a heavy heart, but enormous pride, that we bid farewell to the Tornado from operations. This truly is the end of an era, having played a vital role in keeping Britain and its allies safe for four decades,”’ Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.

The final air strikes by Tornado fighters were launched over Syria on January 31 as part of Operation Shader.

The UK Ministry of Defence said a pair of GR4s flew a patrol lasting more than six hours and returned to RAF Akrotiri at 1400 GMT.

History

According to forces.net the Tornado was build by Britain, France and Italy and first entered service in 1979.

Its swept-wing design was considered cutting edge at the time and it was the first European jet to use fly-by-wire controls.

The Tornado first saw combat in the First Gulf War where it flew low-level bombing missions in Iraq. However, the RAF decided to switch to medium missions, after six were lost.

The rise of ISIS saw eight GR4s relocated to RAF Akrotiri where they flew daily missions over Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Shader.

Read more:

https://in-cyprus.com/sky-news-rafs-new-f35s-to-be-sent-to-akrotiri/

Top Stories

Missing child found (updated)

  A 15-year-old child reported missing from his home in Limassol since June 29 has been found and is in good health, police said on...

One new Covid case with travel history

One person has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1005, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, from a total...

Compulsory use of gloves by employees on way out

    The compulsory use of gloves by employees that was introduced as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus is to be scrapped,...

22-year-old sentenced to 13 years in jail for Nicosia manslaughter

The Nicosia Criminal Court handed down on Tuesday a 13-year jail sentence to a 22-year-old foreign national who had pleaded guilty to killing a...

House, car repair shop, storeroom damaged by fire

  A fire which broke out off the Ayii Trimithias and Anthoupolis road on Tuesday afternoon has left a trail of damage in its wake,...

Taste

How to make triandafillo ice cream, by UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin

  Just in time for the scorching heat, UK Cypriot chef Loulla Astin has shared her recipe for refreshing triantafillo ice cream -- or as...

Cyprus sprouts with cream and prosciutto

In a big, deep frying pan, fry the prosciutto in the olive oil, on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic...

Pork burger with sundried tomatoes, mozzarella and anchovies

Mix all the ingredients together with the mince in a bowl, and combine well. Divide into 4 balls and form the burgers. Warm a griddle/pan...

Sheftalies

Wash the lamb cauls with plenty of cold water and let them settle in water and vinegar for a little while. Soak the bread crumbs...