Panavia Tornado at former Messerschmitt factory Haustetten discussion
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Panavia Tornado at former Messerschmitt factory Haustetten
The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine combat aircraft, which was jointly developed by the United Kingdom, West Germany and Italy. There are three primary versions of the Tornado; the Tornado IDS (Interdictor/Strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (Electronic Combat/ Reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (Air Defence Variant) interceptor. In 2008 Air Forces Monthly labelled the aircraft "for more than a quarter of a century... the most important military aircraft in Western Europe."
Developed and built by Panavia, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West Germany, and Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, the Tornado first flew on 14 August, 1974, and saw action with the RAF, AMI (Italian Air Force) and Royal Saudi Air Force in the Gulf War. International co-operation continued after its entry into service within the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment, a tri-nation training and evaluation unit operating from RAF Cottesmore, England. Including all variants, 992 aircraft were built for the three partner nations and Saudi Arabia.
It's always a bit mysterious, doing things like this for the first time.
I just wanted to make a remark that, on this posting - a Tornado it ain't.
A Dornier Alpha-Jet it may be.
It's a good point to make, manxIX. A Tornado should be about 54ft long, but this aircraft is only about 38 feet long. Even the Dornier Alpha would be longer, though. Another point about the Alpha Jet is that the wings attach very high on the fuselage to the body, whereas this aircraft has them much lower.
In looking around, it seems as though the Fiat G.91 is probably the best match. The wings, fuselage, and tail are all a match. The length listed is usual 34 feet, but that's for the combat (single seat) version. It's stated in places that the two seat trainer version (like this one) has a slightly longer fuselage. That fits with this one's length.
I'd feel comfortable calling it a Fiat G.91/T3
You're right Munden. It's a Aeritalia G91 (Fiat G.91).
I didn't look correctly on the tail of the plane and see they are too small.
File corrected. Thanks to both of you.