25 - Tornado F3 Interceptor

Panavia Tornado F.3

by bjørn Jacobsen

The Panavia Tornado F3 was developed to cover the role of air superiority and as a fighter plane for the Royal Air Force.

The aircraft is a long-range, twin-engine interceptor version of the swing-wing Panavia Tornado.

The Tornado F3 was originally designed to intercept Soviet bombers if they came in from the East to strike the United Kingdom.

The Tornado serves to replace the ageing

Phantom  and Lightning since the beginning

of the Eighties.

The F.3 is largely based upon the bomber version,

aerodynamically more refined and equipped

with totality different electronic gear.

It carries Skyflash air-to-air missiles.

During the Gulf War F.3s carried our long range

missions, but did not encounter direct contact with

enemy aircraft.

The aircraft entered service in 1986. It was retired on

22 March 2011 by the Royal Air Force.

The pilot in the front seat flies and fights the aircraft,

while the rear seat weapons systems officer controls

the radar and defensive countermeasures systems.

The RAF has replaced the Tornado with the Eurofighter Typhoon

Specifications (Tornado F3)

Crew: 2

Length: 18.68 m (61 ft 3½ in)

Wingspan: (Variable geometry wing) At 25° wing position: 13.91 m (45 ft 7½ in)

At 67° wing position: 8.60 m (28 ft 2½ in)

Height: 5.95 m (19 ft 6½ in)

Empty weight: 14,500 kg (31,970 lb)

Max. takeoff weight: 27,986 kg (61,700 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Turbo-Union RB199-34R Augmented Turbofan Dry thrust: 40.5 kN (9,100 lbf) each

Thrust with afterburner: 73.5 kN (16,520 lbf) each

Performance: Maximum speed: Mach 2.2 (2,400 km/h, 1,490 mph) at 9,000m/30,000ft altitude, 1,482km/h, 921 mph near sea level

Combat radius: more than 1,853 km (1,151 mi) (subsonic), more than 556 km (345 mi) supersonic

Ferry range: 4,265 km (2,650 mi) with four external tanks

Endurance: 2 hr combat air patrol at 560–740 km (345–460 mi) from base

Service ceiling: 15,240 m (50,000 ft)

Armament  Guns: 1× 27 mm (1.063 in) Mauser BK-27 revolver cannon with 180 rounds internally mounted under the starboard side of the fuselage

Hardpoints: 10 total (4× semi-recessed under-fuselage, 2× under-fuselage, 4× swivelling under-wing) holding up to 9000 kg (19,800 lb) of payload, the two inner wing pylons have shoulder launch rails for 2× Short-Range AAM (SRAAM) each

Missiles: 4× AIM-9 Sidewinder or AIM-132 ASRAAM 4× British Aerospace Skyflash or AIM-120 AMRAAM (mounted on 4 semi-recessed under-fuselage hardpoints)

Others: Up to 2× drop tanks for extended range/loitering time.

The model is a 1:48 from Italeri

You can clearly see the exhaust stains on the vertical tail, due to breaking by reversing the engines thrusts.

Awesome Ground Hugging Tornado Jet

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Bjørn Jacobsen





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