Posted: Wed 6th Apr 2016

Fighter jet caught on camera doing ‘circuits and bumps’ over Hawarden

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 6th, 2016

If you were in and around Hawarden, Deeside and Chester yesterday you may have heard a wonderfully noisy flyover by an Tonardo GR4 attack and reconnaissance aircraft.
The RAF’s workhorse in recent Middle East conflicts the GR4 was spotted from the ground and on Flightradar24 doing a couple of circuits of the north Wales Cheshire border before ‘touch and go’ landing at Hawarden Airport – a manoeuvre known as Circuits and Bumps. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Quite a regular occurrence to hear fast jets in the sky above Deeside but its a bit of a rarity to see them up close unless it is of course the Red Arrows  who fly out of Hawarden to displays regularly, @Daveb257 has outdone us all though by capturing the attack jet on camera landing and taking off from Hawarden. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Screenshot from 2016-04-06 12:33:40 ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tail number ZA372 the Tornado which flew over the region is from 12 Squadron based at RAF Marham in Norfolk. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The GR4 has been in service with the RAF for more than 30 years, but a combination of major upgrade programmes and numerous continual enhancements has kept the aircraft amongst the forefront of all attack aircraft. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Still one of the very few aircraft in the world that is able to operate at low-level, day or night and in poor weather, the Tornado is now equipped with a modern precision-guided weapons suite and world-class reconnaissance sensors such as the Reconnaissance Airborne Pod for Tornado (RAPTOR). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aircraft also carries the Litening III Advanced Targeting Pod, which is used in both attack and reconnaissance roles. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The RAF has had Tornados deployed to the Middle East region for more than 20 years. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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