A Week in the Life of an Aviation Historian

[Cross-posted from the RAF Museum Blog]

In my last blog, I described what, in general terms; I do here at the Royal Air Force Museum. Well this time I thought I would share with you my experiences of last week, which saw me out doing lots of exciting work for the RAF Museum.My week started out normally with on-going projects but from Tuesday onwards I was extremely busy. On Tuesday, I was interviewed by the British Forces Broadcasting Services for a piece on the 40th Anniversary of the first flight of the Panavia Tornado, which is still in RAF service. The Tornado, which first flew on 14 August 1974, was a major collaborative project between Great Britain, Germany and Italy and 992 airframes were eventually built. This made it one the largest aircraft projects of the late-Cold War period. Panavia Aircraft GmbH was formed in 1969 to manage the Tornado’s development, however, before this, several other multi-national collaborative projects, including the Anglo-French Variable Geometry concept, had been undertaken though failed to materialise. These had sought to replace various aircraft in the inventories of numerous NATO members. A major task for the countries involved was to bring together different operational priorities in to a viable airframe. That the Tornado has formed the mainstay of not only the RAF but also the German, Italian and Saudi Arabian air forces is testament to the airframes capability, which has seen it evolve over its life cycle.

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