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RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual)

RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual) RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual) RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual) RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual) RAF Tornado: 1974 onwards (All Marks and Models) (Owner's Workshop Manual)
Autor: Ian Black
Data publikacji: 2014-06
ISBN: 9780857332479
Wydawca: Haynes Manuals
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 160
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Since 1986 the multi-role swing-wing Panavia Tornado has been the cornerstone of the RAF's jet fighter and bomber forces, designed to intercept Cold War Soviet bombers and drop conventional and nuclear weapons on invading Warsaw Pact forces. RAF Tornados have seen action in both Gulf Wars, over Kosovo, and most recently over Afghanistan and Libya. Former RAF Tornado ADV pilot and air-to-air photographer Ian Black gives an 'insider' insight into operating, flying and maintaining the air defence and strike versions of the swing-wing jet.

There is a good background chapter on the origins and development of the Tornado tracing its Multirole Combat Aircraft (MRCA) and TSR2 roots. I spotted one error of fact: the Italian Communist Party was never in power in the 1970s. The main thread is sound, describing the development of the aircraft particularly the importance of the Tri-national Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) at RAF Cottesmore. More detail follows in the next chapter where the development of the different variants is described. However this is not really an account of the variants of the whole Tornado family but primarily how the GR1 evolved by a series of steps to the GR4A. There is less on how the F3 came about and nothing at all on the earlier F2 mark. As this book is only about RAF experience, there is nothing about the ECR variant employed by the Germans and Italians.
There is a full chapter on the deployment of Tornadoes in war: Gulf Wars 1 and 2, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Libya. Weapon fits, successes, losses and everyday experiences of the crews are covered by the author from his own perspective as a participant in some of these conflicts. This chapter completes the first third of the book. All these early chapters are filled with many, many splendid photographs of Tornadoes and a few of other aircraft. Some are ground shots but the great majority are air-to-air, many taken by the author.
Then comes the traditional Haynes sections: anatomy of the airframe, the engine and the weapons fit. There is a good chapter by our author/pilot on flying the aircraft from briefing, through take off, flight, recovery and debrief. A similar chapter on maintaining the aircraft is not so thorough. Each of these three chapters is enriched by the small but detailed photographs of parts and assemblies.

 

 

About the Author

Ian Black flew the Tornado ADV in the first Gulf War and over Kosovo. He is now an A340 Airbus captain with Virgin Atlantic. An accomplished aviation author and photographer, he lives in Switzerland and the UK.

 



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