Luftwaffe Tornado, Eurofighter Typhoon, and A310 MRTT in formation - Berlin Airshow 2014
Photo: Helmut Richter
Coming in for landing, a Tornado has everything down before touchdown. The pods on the outer weapon stations are what house chaff/flares, though normally only one is carried, the other station being occupied by an ECM jammer. (Photo)
40 years ago to this day, the Panavia Tornado took to the skies for the very first time.
A multinational project between Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, it remains the backbone of all three nations strike capabilities, having served with distinction over Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and Libya.
When it comes to ultra low-level flight in any weather, nothing else in service comes close.
I have some archive footage of that very first flight uploaded to my youtube, which can be viewed here.
Panavia Tornado PA200