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
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)
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.
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