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Tornado Cake Marks Anniversary

Published: 24 Jul 2015


Pilots from the three nations operating the Panavia Tornado combat aircraft marked 35 years since the establishment of the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) with the cutting of a specially-made cake at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on Sunday (July 19).

A trio of Tornados, one each from the air arms of Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom were given unique tail markings applied shortly after their arrival at the show, while another three aircraft flew together in the flying display.

"Since the end of the role demonstration two years ago, we haven't been able to display the Tornado in front of airshow crowds," said Flt Lt Ollie Suckling, one of the crew members of the British Tornado which led the multi-national formation.

"But the Air Tattoo was keen to ensure the Tornado took part in the show, so we worked together to produce the formations displayed here."

The 35th anniversary may seem like an odd one to mark, but with the Tornado due to exit Royal Air Force service in 2019, an opportunity to mark the 40th anniversary is unlikely to take place.

"This has been huge in terms of effort with support from Panavia, Serco and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency," said Andy Armstrong, Air Tattoo chief executive. "We have been thrilled that the three nations have taken up the challenge of marking this anniversary, and this has been one of my personal highlights of the show."

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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