Tornados RAF HONINGTON
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Homecoming: Five Tornados Return To RAF Honington

The last time they flew over the Station was in February when crowds gathered to bid farewell to the iconic jet.

Tornados RAF HONINGTON

The Camouflage Tornado in transit (Picture: RAF).

Five Tornados have returned to their original home at RAF Honington.

No longer able to take to the skies, they were transported by road with the assistance of the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron (JARTS).

Tornados RAF HONINGTON
The Tornado was built more than 40 years ago to fight a nuclear war (Picture: RAF).

The last time they flew over the Station was in February, when crowds gathered to bid farewell to the iconic jet.

The very first operational squadron was formed at RAF Honington in 1982 and the Tornado flew from here until 1994.

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Since their retirement from flying earlier this year, the Tornados will now be used by the Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE) Training Area at Honington, providing the perfect 'prop' for ground training.

The Tornado has provided operational support and overwatch to many ground troops over the years, including many of the RAF Force Protection Force.

Now the role is reversed and the jet is looked after on the ground, helping train those delivering air power.