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Model of Panavia MRCA/Tornado

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C1555
Category: Corporate/Business
Object Type: Model
Object Name: Model of Panavia MRCA/Tornado
Part No: none
Serial No: None
Manufacturer: Fiberglas-Technik Rudolf Lindner
Division: Not Applicable
Platform(s): Tornado
Year of Manufacture: Unknown
Dimensions: Width (mm): 185
Height (mm): 70
Depth (mm): 230
Weight (g): 66
Location: Cupboard CD (Models) [Main Store]



This is a model of a Tornado IDS of the German Air Force with the number 45+01. This numbering system was introduced in 1968. The large Iron Cross and serial numbers were replaced on all aircraft by a four number registration code separated by an Iron Cross in the middle written as a "+".The first two numbers identify the type of aircraft and the second two numbers are a sequential for each type.
This particular aircraft was at the German Air Force Flying Training Center (GAFFTC) at Holloman AFB and there are some good pictures of it at the "Tiger Meet of the Americas" in 2003.
See https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:45%2B01_(aircraft)

Weight with stand 91g. Overall height with stand 155mm

The RAA contains a number of models of equipment and aircraft. The equipment models were used as a marketing aid and often to ensure that the production unit will fit in the space; this was particularly true for Head Up Displays. Such equipment models will have minimal or no functionality. Models might  just be used as weighted units or as cockpit lighting evaluation units. The HUD used on the YF-16 was of the correct weight and envelope but only mounted the Spin 'chute button (a feature only required for the early test flights). Many of these models were made by professional model makers from the original drawings and could be quite expensive; alternatively the real hardware would be used.

The aircraft models range from the simple small scale kits to quite large display items. The large model aircraft were often a marketing tool from places like Airbus or Boeing but may be found in Boardrooms or Reception areas wheras the small models may be given as a visitor handout. Those models made from kits have largely been brought in from home but are useful to illustrate the platform alongside the equipment. The large models will be hugely expensive.

 The Panavia Tornado is a family of twin-engine, variable-sweep wing multirole combat aircraft, which was jointly developed and manufactured by Italy, the United Kingdom, and West Germany. There are three primary Tornado variants: the Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike) fighter-bomber, the suppression of enemy air defences Tornado ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and the Tornado ADV (air defence variant) interceptor aircraft.
The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West Germany, and Aeritalia of Italy. It first flew on 14 August 1974 and was introduced into service in 1979–1980. Due to its multirole design, it was able to replace several different fleets of aircraft in the adopting air forces. The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) became the only export operator of the Tornado in addition to the three original partner nations.

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