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  • RAF Tornado crashes into sea off Scotland

    A TORNADO jet crashed into the sea off the west coast of Scotland yesterday after it burst into flames at 6,000ft during a routine training mission.
    The two crew managed to eject before the £25million aircraft came down in the Minch, at Loch Ewe, near Gairloch, Wester Ross, at 2.45pm.
    The jet, thought to be a GR4 fighter Tornado based at RAF Lossiemouth, was said to have been on a training mission with a second Tornado when it erupted in flames.



    Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/...#ixzz1CIPVadDM

    a lucky escape, nice to see the SAR team got to them quickly enough.
    RoyalGreenJacket
    Commander in Chief
    Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 28 January 2011, 03:26.
    RGJ

    ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

    The Rifles

  • #2
    Glad the two drivers got out and are safe and well.

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    • #3
      1 driver, 1 talking freight.


      Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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      • #4
        Well, that's one less to scrap...

        (glad they got out, of course!)
        'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
        'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
        Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
        He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
        http://www.salamanderoasis.org/poems...nnis/luck.html

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        • #5
          Home in time for a MB tie and blazer badge!
          But there's no danger
          It's a professional career
          Though it could be arranged
          With just a word in Mr. Churchill's ear
          If you're out of luck you're out of work
          We could send you to johannesburg.

          (Elvis Costello, Olivers Army)

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          • #6
            i think we are underestimating this lads.

            the RAF Tornado's fly low, extremely low - the RAF were famous, some would say notorious, for flying so low in Gulf War 1 and their training to become experts in this special field no doubt sometimes results in accidents and therefore the attrition rates may seem high.

            FWD to 5m40secs onwards to see some extreme low flying during combat in Iraq.



            and i understand this accident in particular was probably not a result of low flying however what the crew went through should not be dismissed as a simple 'dip in the drink' - they have done something that very few people in the world get to do and i am delighted they survived relatively unscathed.
            RoyalGreenJacket
            Commander in Chief
            Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 30 January 2011, 08:34.
            RGJ

            ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

            The Rifles

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            • #7
              If I remember correctly Tornado GRs have a good terrain following radar that allows the autopilot to fly extremely low

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              • #8
                i believe so Dev, however the levels they fly at in that video could only be performed by a human - it is way below that any automated system would ever allow or be capable of.
                RGJ

                ...Once a Rifleman - Always a Rifleman... Celer et Audax

                The Rifles

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