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Close Up German
Anniversary Tornado IDS

by Simon Link

 

 


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Description

 

Three years ago the German Jagdbomber Geschwader 31 "Beolcke" (Fighter bomber wing 31) celebrated their 45th anniversary.

For this Jubilee one of the Tornados was painted by an airbrush artist.

In my opinion this aircraft has the most beautiful painting scheme I have ever seen and I would like to share these pictures with others. Maybe there is somebody who feels challenged by these photos to build it in 1/32 scale!

 



This pictures were taken shortly after the paint was dry enough to remove the masking.

Now some information about the aircraft itself:

Panavia Tornado PA 200
IDS version
GS version ( the GAF has two versions of the IDS: GS = German Strike, GT German Trainer )
Military markings: 44+31
Serial no. 4131

This aircraft was in service until 2005.

 

 

Now it is in preparation to be set as a gateguard at our air base.

What the detail pics show:

  • Left air intake: The wolf = symbol of the 2nd flying squadron
  • Right air intake : Two donkeys = symbol of the 1st flying squadron
  • Right side of the tail fin: portrait of Oswald Boelcke
  • Left side of the tail fin: flying Tornado, 20 years (in service)

External tanks:

  • since 1958: the year the FBW 31 was set into service
  • since 1983: the year the first German Tornado flew

 

 

Some information about myself:

Simon Link
Age: 31
Profession: Soldier, maintenance squadron Tornado Rank: TSgt
Plastic modelling: US Navy aircraft and military versions of helicopter.

 


 

German Anniversary Tornado IDS Images

 

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Text & Images Copyright 2007 by Simon Link
Page Created 26 February, 2007
Last Updated 26 February, 2007

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