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HA6709 Tornado ECR "Tiger Meet 2014" 46+28, Takt LwG-51 Schleswig-Jagel,
June 2014

The Panavia Tornado was a joint effort between the UK, West Germany and Italy to produce a two-seat, dual-engine aircraft with variable-sweep wings. The Tornado took its maiden flight on August 14, 1974 with the first aircraft being delivered to the German Air Force on July 27, 1979. There are three main variants of the Tornado, the IDS (interdictor/strike), ECR (electronic combat/reconnaissance) and ADV (air defense variant) interceptor. By the end of production in 1998 there had been 992 aircraft of all versions built of which 745 were IDS variants.

Tornado ECR 46+28 c/n 830/GS261/4338 was completed in 2008 and assigned to Aufklärungsgeschwader (AG) 51 “Immelmann” whose role was reconnaissance. The unit was equipped with 39 aircraft comprised of 3 variants of the Tornado. In 2013 AG51 was renamed Taktisches Luftwaffengeschwader 51 "I" (TaktLwG 51 "I"). In 2014 16 different units participated in the NATO Tiger Meet “NTM” that ran from June 16 – June 26 and was hosted by the TaktLwG 51 at Schleswig Jagel AB. Tornado ECR 46+28 was given a special “Tiger Spirit” paint scheme and represented the squadron.

Specifications for the Panavia Tornado ECR
ECR - Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance
Countries of origin – UK, Germany, Italy
Number produced – total 52, 35 for Germany
First entry into service – May 21, 1990
Crew – 2
Dimensions
Length – 16.72 m
Wingspan
Spread – 13.91 m
Swept – 8.6 m
Height – 5.95 m Weight
Empty – 13.9 t
Maximum takeoff – 28 t
Performance
Powerplants
2 X Turbo-Union RB.199Mk.103 turbofans
Dry with afterburning – 2 X 38.48 / 71.5 kN
Maximum speed – 2,236 km/h
Service ceiling – 15.2 km
Ferry range – 4,300 km
Combat radius – 1,390 km
Armament
Guns – 2 X 27 mm IWKA-Mauser cannons
Missiles – AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation
ECM pods, including jammers, chaff and flare dispensers, passive radar and ECCM equipment