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Tornado farewell flypasts include Lincolnshire bases

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RAF Tornado jets will be marking their retirement with a final flypast including bases in Lincolnshire.

The fleet based at RAF Marham in Norfolk has taken part in combat since the first Gulf War. It will be retired from service by the end of March and will only be used for training purposes over the UK in the intervening period.

People across the country will get a chance to say farewell to the fighter jets as they make a series of flights between February 19-21.

The fleet has been used by the RAF for 40 years. It is being replaced by the RAF’s F-35 Lightning II fighters and an upgraded Typhoon fleet.

Tornado Farewell Flypast. Photo: RAF Marham

RAF Marham posted a list of the flypast timings on social media which are subject to weather and aircraft serviceability.

Between 3pm-3.15pm on Tuesday, February 19 flypasts will take place over RAF Waddington, RAF College Cranwell and Royal Air Force Coningsby.

Between 3.15pm-3.35pm on the same day flypasts will take place over RAF Donna Nook, RAF Holbeach and RAF Wyton.

There will also be a nine-plan formation flypast taking over from RAF Marham on February 28. This will fly over RAF Cranwell.

The flypast will include RAF bases in Lincolnshire. Photo: RAF Marham

Here is the full flypast list:

Tuesday (February 19)

  • 1315-1330 Kendrew Barracks (RAF Cottesmore) – National Memorial Arboretum – DECA Stafford – RAF Cosford
  • 1330-1345 RAF Shawbury – DECA Sealand
  • 1345-1400 RAF Valley
  • 1415-1430 BAES Warton – BAES Samlesbury
  • 1430-1445 RAF Spadeadam
  • 1445-1500 RAF Leeming – RAF Topcliffe – RAF Linton-On-Ouse
  • 1500-1515 RAF Waddington – RAF College Cranwell – Royal Air Force Coningsby
  • 1515-1535 RAF Donna Nook – RAF Holbeach – RAF Wyton

Wednesday (February 20)

  • 1300-1315 Royal Air Force Honington
  • 1315-1330 Imperial War Museum Duxford – Former RAE Bedford – Cranfield Airfield – Royal Air Force Halton – RAF High Wycombe
  • 1330-1345 RAF Benson – HQ Land Forces, Andover, MOD Boscombe Down
  • 1400-1415 RAF Pembrey – MOD St Athan – Cardiff Airport
  • 1415-1430 Rolls Royce Filton – MOD Abbey Wood – MOD Shrivenham – RAF Brize Norton

Thursday (February 21)

  • 1115-1130 Leuchars Station
  • 1130-1145 RAF Tain
  • 1145-1200 RAF Lossiemouth

The fast jets have been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq.

The present-day squadron members were welcomed back to RAF Marham earlier this month after the Tornado jets returned home for the last time.