RAF Tornado, 1974 onwards ( all marks and models), Owner’s Workshop Manual

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The author is a former Tornado pilot which provides perspective to a book on this 40 year old veteran. At the time of writing the book, the RAF was due to scrap the Tornado with haste to satisfy the Coalition Government’s desire to drastically reduce the British military capabilities in preparation for British Forces being absorbed into a European Defence Agency. Since then, circumstances are forcing a U turn by the British Government and the Tornado is one of the first components to benefit from this ignominious retreat. Already serving in combat for a quarter of a century, the Tornado could soldier on for many more years. It is also pioneering the use of 3D printed components which permits spares to be manufactured at an operational base as required, reducing inventory costs and providing instant availability.

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NAME: RAF Tornado, 1974 onwards ( all marks and models), Owner’s Workshop Manual
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 270914
FILE: R2039
AUTHOR: Ian Black
PUBLISHER: Haynes Publishing
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 157
PRICE: £21.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Fighter, bomber, swing wing, jet, Panavia, RAF, Gulf War, Balkans, Cold War, long-range interceptor, nuclear bomber, ground support, interdiction.
ISBN: 978-0-85733-247-9
IMAGE: B2039.jpg
BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/kc95w93
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DESCRIPTION: The author is a former Tornado pilot which provides perspective to a book on this 40 year old veteran. At the time of writing the book, the RAF was due to scrap the Tornado with haste to satisfy the Coalition Government’s desire to drastically reduce the British military capabilities in preparation for British Forces being absorbed into a European Defence Agency. Since then, circumstances are forcing a U turn by the British Government and the Tornado is one of the first components to benefit from this ignominious retreat. Already serving in combat for a quarter of a century, the Tornado could soldier on for many more years. It is also pioneering the use of 3D printed components which permits spares to be manufactured at an operational base as required, reducing inventory costs and providing instant availability.

The publisher has produced a large family of Owner’s Workshop Manuals, loosely based on the world famous Haynes vehicle maintenance manuals. As the series has expanded, it has stretched to accommodate iconic subjects that will be rare in private ownership, and where the manual format is not intended to provide a reference work for engineers. The format does permit authors and publisher to provide a fresh presentation of a technical subject in a form that is meaningful to a very wide readership.

As with other books in the series, there is an introduction and historical background that is informative and satisfying, packing a great deal of information into an easy to read review of the subject. For this manual, the Tornado variants are laid out and show were this multi-role aircraft has been biased to three main roles. The F3 was built specifically to intercept Russian bombers and reconnaissance aircraft well away from the British coast. The GR1 to GR4 variants were primarily intended as nuclear and conventional bombers, but were able to serve in the ground attack/army co-operation roles, as reconnaissance aircraft and as fighters. In its later years, the Tornado was seen as a Ground Reconnaissance aircraft and potentially could serve in this role for many more years, with a secondary role of flying cab rank standing patrols over an asymetric battlefield, as in Iraq and Syria, where it can operate successfully for lengthy missions, supported by a tanker aircraft. The continuing threats from the Middle East are forcing several air forces to review aircraft types that politicians had been keen to scrap prematurely.

The great strength of the Haynes Manuals approach is that the introduction and background information is followed by the deployment of the Tornado and an anatomy of aircraft, engines and weaponry. This very information part of the manual is then concluded with the pilot’s view and the engineer’s view, with a comprehensive appendix and index section.

The clear and concise text is fully supported by lavish illustration in the form of photographs, drawings and sketches, using full colour as far as practical and spreading the images through the body of the book. This format provides something for the professional, the enthusiast and the casual reader. Highly recommended.

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