RAF Tornado G4 landing at Farnborough
Contributor:Christopher Barnes - Aviation / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5010 x 3340 px | 42.4 x 28.3 cm | 16.7 x 11.1 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:21 July 2006
Location:Farnborough Airfield Hampshire England Great Britain United Kingdom GB UK
Tornado G4 in inclined position with wheels on ground and nose in the air while landing at the Farnborough Airshow 2006 . Just passing the control tower in the background . Flaps spoilers and leading edge slats deployed viewed from port side . Registration number MM 7035 . The RAF Tornado GR4 is the most recent Tornado class and it is a cutting edge attack aircraft . It is designed for supersonic flight and is able to fly at very low level . With its sophisticated swing wing design it can operate from short unprepared runways by landing and taking off at slow speeds with its wings in the forward position . Its swept back position gives it high speed capability while an intermediate position can be used for tactical manoeuvres . The latest version GR4A has a small camera window each side below the cockpit for a sideways looking Infra Red system and a Linescan infra red surveillance system and can have RAPTOR Reconnaissance Airborne Pod TORnado radar system fitted . Powerplant Engines 2 x Turbo Union RB199 dash 34R Mk 103 Turbofans with 9100 pounds thrust lb and 8650 pounds thrust for RAF dry and 16075 pounds thrust lb with afterburner . Length is 54 feet 10 inches or 16 point 7 metres . Wingspan is 45 feet 7 inches or 13 point 9 metres at 17 degrees sweep and 28 feet 2 inches or 8 point 6 metres at 68 degrees sweep . Maximum takeoff 61620 Pounds lb or 27950 kilogrammes kg . Top Speed 1452 miles per hour or 2336 kilometres per hour Mach 2 point 2 at 36000 feet or 11000 metres and 710 miles per hour or 1140 kilometres per hour at sea level . Crew are Pilot and Weapons Systems Operator .