Tornado (1985)

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  • Director

    Claude Whatham

  • Country

    United Kingdom

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  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction


RAF Recruiting film in which four Tornado GR1 aircraft of 9 Squadron are ordered to attack a coastal surface-to-air missile site during a fictional between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The Tornado crews plan the sortie, including the approach route, fuel requirements and the method of attack to be used, while ground crews prepare the aircraft. The crews check and start up their aeroplanes within hardened aircraft shelters before taxiing and taking off; they refuel en route from an RAF VC-10 tanker before descending to low level and attacking the target with bombs. On the return trip they are engaged by American-built F5 aircraft posing as enemy fighters and, having fought them off, all four Tornadoes land safely at their home base. Imperial War Museum.

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