I was at RAF Marham on the 14th to see the very last flight of an RAF Tornado. I also went to RAF Lakenheath the day before. I didn’t see too much on both days so I decided to combine both sessions into one thread.
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13/03/2019 - RAF Lakenheath
I arrived at Lakenheath in the afternoon after spending the morning at Marham checking out locations for the next day. I saw a few F-15Es landing (including the D-Day special paint scheme) and a flyover from a C-130 Hercules on its way into nearby RAF Mildenhall.
F-15E in the D-Day special paint job
Taken at 1/100s shutter speed to create some motion blur.
14/03/2019 - RAF Marham
The 14th of March was disbandment day for 9 Sqn and 31 Sqn, the final RAF Tornado squadrons. The final RAF Tornado sortie would also be on this day with a single aircraft performing a fly past during the disbandment ceremony. It was important to arrive well in advance to secure one of the limited parking spaces. This meant several hours of waiting around. Whilst waiting for the main event I saw a USAF B-52H on its way to RAF Fairford and took a photo with a rather dusty sensor:
And now for some photos of the last ever flight of an RAF Tornado:
Taxiing to runway 01.
Taking off for the FINal time.
Banking left after the first fly past.
RAF Tornado landing for the last time with thrust reversers deployed.
I have more photos but that’s enough editing for now. After the Tornado had landed I went to RAF Coningsby to see some night flying Typhoons. I didn’t get any great photos because it gets dark at night (obviously).