FS2002 PANAVIA Tornado

A ITALIAN Tornado from DESERT STORM colours.Full moving parts, moving wings and jetsmoke.FSDS model by Giovanni Clemente .


During the late 1960’s a number of countries were looking at replacing their existing aircraft fleets. Many of these countries started to look at variable geometry as a means of making an aircraft perform well throughout a wider flight envelope.
Variable geometry allows the pilot and/or fly by wire system to adapt the aircraft wing shape to the optimal settings dependant on its height, speed and load. The Tornado takes this one step further and incorporates swivelling weapons pylons that
always ensure the stores are parallel to the airframe and therefore the airflow, thus minimising drag.

Britain and France joined forces on a variable geometry aircraft project, called the AFVG. (Anglo French Variable Geometry). France was already in the process of developing a variable geometry airframe of its own. In 1968, Germany, Holland,
Belgium, Italy, and Canada formed a working group to look at replacements for the F104. The outcome of this project was initially called the MRA or Multi Role Aircraft, later changed to the MCRA, Multi Role Combat Aircraft. Britain later joined
this group on the strength of its variable geometry design.

In July 1968 a memorandum of understanding was signed by Germany, Italy and Britain covering the proposals for the MRCA. Canada and Belgium pulled out the following year. Holland later pulled out over technical concerns with the MRCA.

The initial Tornado design was for a deep penetration all weather bomber, known as the IDS (Interdictor Strike). This aircraft is designed to fly at extremely low level at high speed in almost any weather. At low level the Tornado excels, the large
all moving tailerons and fin provide the necessary damping action to keep the ride relatively smooth and on track.


Performance and Specifications:

Wing minimum sweep 25° m 13.91 – 45ft 7.5in
Wing max sweep 67° m 8.60 – 26ft
Area m² 26.60- 286.33 sq.ft
Length m 16.72
Height m 5.95
Tailplane span m 6.8
Wheel track m 3.10
Wheel base m 6.20


2x Turbo-Union RB 199-34r mk 101
Each rated at (dry) Lb.s.t 8,700

With A/b Lb.s.t 14,840


2x Turbo-Union RB 199-34r mk 103( Later models )
Each rated at (dry) Lb.s.t 9,100

With A/b Lb.s.t 16,075


Basic empty Kg 13890
Operating empty Kg 14091
Nto Kg 20411
Mto Kg 27951

Fuel and load

Internal fuel Kg 4650

External fuel Kg 5988
Up to in two 2250 l and two 1500 l or four 1500 l drop tanks


Mach 1.


Ferry range km 3890


Climb to 30,000 ft min 2
Service ceiling m15420
Take off run m 900

At normal take off weight

With thrust reversal
Landing run
m 370
At max landing weight


As always I have been flying with an excellent plane. The PANAVIA Tornado plane is an fighter with good stucture designes. I have seen that this plane has a very well designed textures on the main panel, but I would say that the virtual cabin is not so detailed and well presented as the main panel. A good thing to say about the virtual cabin is that the yoke has good realistc movement. This two views have a good point they both have side views in them. I have been observing this plane and I have seen that all of the plane has some movement. After all an excellent plane with some good textures.

My rating is 8/10

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