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Excellent visit to RAF Marham

Sixteen Anglian Branch members and partners enjoyed a fascinating visit to RAF Marham on 4 July.

The visitors were hosted by 31 Sqn, one of 3 squadrons at Marham that operate the Tornado GR4 bomber aircraft. The Squadron has 12 aircraft and 16 crews, each comprising a pilot and navigator (but in current parlance called 'weapon systems officer' - WSO).

Guests were briefed on the aircraft, avionics, armament and roles of the Squadron, which has had - and continues to have - extensive involvement in the likes of Afghanistan and Libya. Sitting in real aircraft and simulator cockpits was fascinating, as was handling missiles and 2,000 lb bombs, albeit inert ones.

Many of the roles of the Tornado cannot be undertaken by its current successor, the Typhoon - which made it worrying to hear that the current 3 squadrons are to be reduced to 2 by the end of the year.

The excellent host for the day was Flt Lt James 'Cookie' Cooke - a very experienced navigator (WSO), Aerosystems graduate and Institute member. We are indebted to him and RAF Marham for an instructive and most enjoyable day.

The visitors and hosts can be seen in the attached PDF . .

  • 07 July 2014
  • Anglian Branch

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