Tornado GR1, an Operational History

The author is a former Tornado pilot who has researched and spoken with former comrades to produce an excellent and unique account of the Tornado GR1 and its part in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The Tornado was born as a multi-role swing-wing combat aircraft for use in Europe against any Soviet threats. Later marks are still in frontline service but the story of the GR1 has not previously been told well – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Tornado GR1, an Operational History
FILE: R2593
AUTHOR: Michael Napier
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES:  257
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Cold War Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Op Granby, Middle 
East. Gulf War 1990-1991, AA suppression, ground attack, anti-
radiation missiles, escort fighters, F-16CG, F-4G, HARM, SA-2, SAM

ISBN: 1-47387-302-9

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DESCRIPTION: The author is a former Tornado pilot who has researched 
and spoken with former comrades to produce an excellent and unique 
account of the Tornado GR1 and its part in the 1990-1991 Gulf War.  
The  Tornado was born as a multi-role swing-wing combat aircraft for 
use in Europe against any Soviet threats. Later marks are still in 
frontline service but the story of the GR1 has not previously been 
told well – Highly Recommended.

Multi-national aircraft developments do not have the best 
reputations generally. The problems usually stem from the diverse 
requirements of each participating country and the arm wrestling 
over who gets to build which parts to total up to their agreed 
financial share of each aircraft. The situation is further 
complicated by the different economic stages of each participant 
with the initially agreed production numbers facing cut backs and 
with foreign purchasing failing to meet marketing forecasts. One 
helicopter project included a special system that required data 
cartridges to transfer information between the commanders, the 
aircraft, and the ground crews/engineering. A very reliable and 
proven cartridge was available from a country that was not part of 
the project. Unfortunately one of the participating countries was 
short of their agreed share and were given the contract to produce 
a new data storage device. They duly delivered an incredibly 
expensive device that failed to meet requirements and was later 
replaced at additional cost, by one participant for their 
helicopters, with the excellent proven device that could have been 
used originally at significantly less cost. Happily, the Tornado GR1 
was a exception and one of the few success stories of multi-national 
cooperation.

The author has made a fine job of describing the success, covering 
the aircraft in Europe and in the Gulf War. There is an equally fine 
selection of images, mostly in stunning full colour through the body 
of the book. In addition there are very helpful appendices, including 
colour side views of GR1 aircraft in squadron markings. A book to 
satisfy a wide readership, including professionals, enthusiasts and 
model makers.