Panavia Tornado GR1A
Tailcodes: S,H,I,N,E,Y,T,W,O,A,C and U, II & IV
No. II (AC) had received its first Tornados by 16th December 1988, although these did not have their reconnaissance equipment fitted.
They provided aircraft and crews for the reconnaissance detachment at Dhahran during Operation Desert Storm.
It's crews were also involved with the TIALD detachment at Tabuk.
After arriving at Dhahran on the 13th January 1990 they flew their first of 128 sorties on the 17th January.
As a result 'Gulf 1991' Battle honours were bestowed on the squadron.
The squadron relocated from RAF Laarbruch to RAF Marham on the 3rd December 1991.
Info on the Tornado GR1A from Tornado-data.com
The Tornado GR.1A is a modified GR.1, it is modified to house a number of reconnaissance sub systems.
The GR.1A fleet is made up of 16 GR.1 conversions and 14 new build GR.1As.
There are a few visual cues to differentiate a GR.1A from a GR1. The most obvious are the panels on either side of the forward fuselage and a small fairing beneath the cockpit floor. A further difference is that the GR.1A has no cannon, they have been removed to allow more equipment space for the reconnaissance package.
ZA402 was the development aircraft for the GR.1A which led to the production of 30 airframes, although ZA394, ZA397,ZG708,ZG710 & ZG725 have been lost.
The GR.1A airframes are as follows,
ZA370, ZA372, ZA373, ZA394 ,ZA395 ,ZA397 ,ZA398 ,ZA401 ,ZA402 ,ZA405 ,ZD996 ,ZG705 ,ZG706 ,ZG708 ,ZG725
ZG727, ZA369, ZA371, ZA400, ZA404, ZE116, ZG707 ,ZG709 ,ZG710 ,ZG711 ,ZG712 ,ZG713 ,ZG714 ,ZG726 ,ZG729,
Commanding Officers whilst at RAF Laarbruch
11 November 1969
07 December 1971
02 December 1972
08 May 1975
01 April 1976
06 January 1978
04 May 1980
18 January 1983
31 May 1985
13 March 1987
01 January 1989
01 July 1991
Squadron Leader R J M David
Wing Commander B A Stead
Wing Commander D H Warren
Wing Commander D C Ferguson
Wing Commander R A F Wilson
Wing Commander R Fowler AFC
Wing Commander T G Thorn AFC
Wing Commander F J Hoare AFC
Wing Commander G E Stirrup
Wing Commander P O Sturley
Wing Commander A Threadgould