Gate Guardian Tornado GR1

Gate Guardian Tornado GR1

Gate Guardian Tornado GR1

Type: Panavia Tornado GR1
Owner / Operator: Royal Air Force
Aircraft Registration: 8976M
Codes / Other Marks: XZ630XZ630 / 233
First flight: 14/03/1977
Delivery date: 03/02/1978
To Halton for display: 01/2004

Gate Guardian Tornado GR1

Tornado prototype on display at the 1977 Royal Review at RAF Finningley (30 Jun 1977).
Still wearing the Paris Air Show number 233 from earlier in the year.

Gate Guardian Tornado GR1

This was the first British pre-production aircraft and it first flew on 14th March 1977.
It carries the Tripartite round (UK, Germany and Italy) on the fin.

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