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Italian Air Force A-200 Tornado

Now entering the twilight of its operational career, the Panavia Tornado is a variable-geometry ('swing-wing') strike aircraft, developed by a consortium involving British, German and Italian manufacturers. As with the type's other operators, the Italian Air Force has reduced its Tornado fleet, to which it has given the official designation A-200, in the last few years. It has implemented a comprehensive mid-life upgrade on the remaining aircraft. Three operational squadrons now fly the attack versions, and one the EA-200B (Tornado ECR) specialised in the suppression of enemy air defences. Flown at RIAT 2014 will be an example from the Reparto Sperimentale Volo flight test centre. Italy is now the only country still providing regular Tornado flying displays.

“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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