This photo (designed as a widescreen wallpaper, size 1920 x 1200), shows a Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4 of the British No. 12 Squadron flying over Iraq on 3 September 2008.
The RAF Tornado is one of the most repeated names of fighter planes in news reports on the 2011 military intervention in Libya by the international coalition forces.
I have seen many photographs and videos of this wonderful fighter-bomber aircraft. I love its design and technical capabilities, though it pains me to note that such war machines really mean destruction of property and precious lives.
The Panavia Tornado is a two-pilot manned twin-engine driven variable-sweep wing combat fighter aircraft. It was jointly developed by the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, and manufactured by Panavia, a consortium of British Aerospace, MBB (Germany) and Aeritalia (Italy). Currently the Tornado fighter aircraft serve the air forces of the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The Tornado GR4 is an updated version of the Tornado GR1. It has some of the most modern technical and fighting capabilities including new avionics, weapons systems including advanced missiles and reconnaissance equipments. The maximum flight speed is 1,482 km/h (921 mph) according to its published specifications.
On 20 March 2011, the United Kingdom deployed RAF Tornados and Typhoons to enforce a no-fly zone in Libya, immediately after the French Air Force fighter planes attacked Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in Benghazi. The RAF Tornados had to fly 3000-mile sorties to strike Libyan military sites using a variety of weapons including Storm Shadow missiles, Brimstone missiles, and Laser-guided bombs.