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‘Raspberry Ripple’ Tornado completes move to St Athan

Photo: Tornado GR.1P ZA326 shortly after arriving at St Athan on October 27. COURTESY CHRIS WILSON-JAA


Panavia Tornado GR.1P ZA326, the former Boscombe Down ‘Raspberry Ripple’ trials aircraft, was dismantled and removed from Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, its home since 2013, on October 26.

Engineers from Yorkshire-based Jet Art Aviation provided tooling and engineering support, working alongside the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group to disassemble the machine and load it for transport. The jet was then taken to its new home at St Athan in South Wales and put back together the following day.

The move was undertaken to ensure the long-term preservation of this important airframe. The availability of hangarage at St Athan ensures ZA326 will now be kept out of the elements. It will form part of the new Wales Aerospace Centre, which is currently being established by GJD Services. WITH THANKS TO CHRIS WILSON-JAA



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