Posted: Sat 18th Feb 2017

Tornado fighter jet lands at Hawarden airport – well it came by road – It’s a huge day for the heritage centre

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Feb 18th, 2017

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The Tornado Heritage Centre based at Hawarden fighter jet has arrived.

Mark Atkins sent us the photograph of the of a former Royal Air Force, F3 Tornado Air Defence Fighter, ZE966 arriving at the Hawarden hanger this morning, Saturday February 18. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It has taken almost two years to acquire the aircraft but the wait is finally over and is scheduled to arrive, ‘by road’ on Saturday February 18th ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Tornado was built in 1989 was the 800th Tornado fighter to be built. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

ZE996 served with the RAF’s 11, 43 and 56 Squadrons, it was given to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester following retirement in 2007.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


The jet was in storage until March 2014 when it was moved to the Science Museum Group’s storage facility in Wroughton, near Swindon. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It was donated to the Tornado Heritage Centre last year. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Wings, Tail-fin & Tailerons were removed prior to transport and will arrive ahead of the Fuselage. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The aircraft will be unloaded and then towed into Hangar 4 thanks to the kind permission of the Aviation Park Group. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Due to the aircraft being 98% complete, only as short 4 – 8 week restoration period is required, after which, the aircraft will be lifted into place onto a purpose-built concrete apron by local firm Bryn Thomas Cranes of Flint. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Members of the public will be able to visit Hangar 4 during the restoration period on Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

More details on their Facebook page: Tornado Heritage Centre. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Visitors to the Hangar are welcome, but due to Health & Safety/Airfield Regulations, can only be allowed in, once the unloading process is complete and Airside Doors are closed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There is no vehicle access allowed to the hangar, so visitors are kindly asked to park in the designated area and continue on foot.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Panavia Tornado F3(T) ZE966
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Armament: 4 x MBDA Skyflash semi-active radar homing or AIM-120B active radar guided AMRAAM beyond visual range air to air missiles in staggered recesses under the fuselage and 4 x AIM-9L/M or MBDA ASRAAM infrared guided air to air missiles on inboard stub pylons. A single 27mm Mauser cannon
Powerplant: Two x Turbounion RB199 Mk104 afterburning turbofan engines, each rated at 42.9-kN (9,656 lb) dry and 75.2-kN (16,410 lb) in afterburner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Maximum Speed: Mach 2.2 (1,452 mph/2,337 km/h) at altitude, Mach 1.2 (800 kts/921 mph/1,473 km/h) at sea level. 
Range: 1,853-km (1,151-miles) on a subsonic interception or 556-km (354-miles) supersonic interception.
Wingspan: 8.6m (28ft 2in) swept in 67-degree position and 13.91m (45ft 7in) un-swept.
Wing Area: 30.00-m2 (322.93-sq/ft) in 25-degree position.
Wing Sweep: 25 – 67 degrees. G-Limits: +7.5
Length: 18.6m (61ft) Height: 5.95m (19ft 6in)
Empty Weight: 14,500-kg (31,967-lb)
Maximum take-off weight: 28,000-kg (61,729-lb)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Take-off run: 762-m (2,500-ft)
Landing roll: 370-m (1,215-ft)
Ceiling: 15,250-m+ (50,000-ft+)
Internal fuel: 4,700-kg in fuselage and wing fuel tanks and 440-kg in vertical tail fuel tank.
External fuel: Two x 1,550 ltr (341 gal) or 2,250 ltr (495 gal) external fuel tanks. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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