The Panavia Tornado was a joint effort between the UK, West Germany and Italy to produce a
two-seat, dual-engine aircraft with variable-sweep wings. The Tornado took its maiden flight on
August 14, 1974 with the first aircraft being delivered to the German Air Force on July 27, 1979.
There are three main variants of the Tornado, the IDS (interdictor/strike), ECR (electronic
combat/reconnaissance) and ADV (air defense variant) interceptor. By the end of production in
1998 there had been 992 aircraft of all versions built of which 745 were IDS variants.
The Marineflieger received 122 Tornado IDS to replace the F-104 for anti-shipping and
reconnaissance. Marineflieger MFG 2 operated from Eggebek between 1986 and 2005 when it
was disbanded and all aircraft and duties were ceded to the Luftwaffe. For reconnaissance
missions a pod with panoramic optical cameras and an IR line scan were attached to the fuselage
center-line. Starting in 1993 MFG 2 was comprised of 3 squadrons, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The first
two were operational squadrons while the 3rd looked after training pilots and WSOs.
General specifications for the Panavia Tornado IDS
Country of origin – Italy, UK, West Germany
Service entry date – 1979
Crew – 2
Length – 17.72 m (58.1 ft)
Wingspan – 13.92 m (45.7 ft) expanded 8.6m swept (28.2 ft)
Height – 5.95m (19.5 ft)
Empty – 13.8 t (30,423 lb)
Maximum take off – 27.9 t (61,508.9 lb)
2 X Turbo-Union RB.199 Mk. 103 turbofans
Producing dry with afterburners 2 X 38.48 / 71.50 kN
Maximum speed – 2,236 km/h (1,389 mph)
Service ceiling – 15.2 km (49,868.77 ft)
Range – 1,390 km (863.7 miles)
Ferry range with drop tanks – 3,900 (2,423.3) – 4,300 km (2,671.9 miles)
Cannon – 2 X 27 mm IWKA-Mauser
Storm Shadow air-launched cruise missiles
Brimstone anti-tank guided missiles
454 kg free-fall bombs
CPU-123/B Paveway II
GBU-28 Paveway III laser-guided bombs
|Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
Tornado IDS 46+20, MFG2,
German Navy, 1990s
True 1/72 scale.
Great attention to detail.
All markings are Tampoed (pad applied).
Option to display the model on a stand that is provided.
Model can be shown with the landing gear in the down or up positions.
Loads of optional armament provided.
Canopy can be displayed open or closed.
Pilot figures included.
Extremely heavy metal with a minimum of plastic.