A RAF Tornado GR4 breaking right over RAF Fairford (Image © Marcel Burger)

Lossiemouth no longer on Tornado frontline

A RAF Tornado GR4 breaking right over RAF Fairford (Image © Marcel Burger)
A RAF Tornado GR.4 breaking right over RAF Fairford (Image © Marcel Burger)

RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland is no longer a frontline airbase for Britain’s Panavia Tornado strike aircraft. The last two operational GR.4 squadrons, 12 (Bomber) and 617 ‘Dambusters’ were disbanded on the base at 28 March 2014.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence 15 (Reserve) Squadron will keep flying from Lossiemouth until 2015 to train Tornado pilots that will move to the only frontline Tornado base left: RAF Marham in England. From there 2, 9 and 31 Squadron will soldier on until the final Tornado interdictor strike aircraft will be retired in 2019.

RAF Lossiemouth will regain its frontline fighter status after the Summer of 2014, when 1F and 6 Squadron flying the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 move north from their current home at RAF Leuchars. The role of the Tornado GR.4 strike aircraft will be performed by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II in the future.

In 2016, the famous Dambusters of 617 squadron will reform to fly the F-35B. The squadron will then be located at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

Source: UK MoD

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