posted on Oct, 15 2005 @ 08:07 AM
Tornados or Bunny Burners as our American friends called them when flying against them on Green Flag Exercises at Nellis AFB are certainly good at
what they do, down on the deck doing 600+ Kts at 100ft, but they are very manpower intensive on the ground and I have spent many a night shift seeing
the sun come up and still not having enough A/C for the first wave!
The F15 drivers however parked them up, got the groundcrew to do a quick A/F, put some covers on and went to the bar whilst we were still slaving away
trying to fix the mighty Tonka's!!!!!!
F15's are also a lot more able to defend itself if attacked, ok the Tornado can run away and hide at a rapid rate of knots but it is not (in GR1 or
GR4 form) supersonic unless you remove all pods, Flirs, Laser rangers, etc as these provide to much drag and turbulance!
So F15E's would be a better attack platform but I remember hearing that the US Air Force were thinking of replacing the Spark Varks with a version of
the ECM Tornado which the German Air Force has in service.
Going back to the intakes waynos did you know that all varients of the Tornado were designed and fitted with supersonic intakes which involved movable
ramps inside the intake to speed up or slow down the incoming air!
All of these ramps were inhibited on the GR1 and, (I think) the GR4 so as to prevent over zelous pilots from exceeding the speed of sound and
overstressing the external equipment attached to the A/C.
As for internal space, yes a bit of moving stuff about in the new contoured shape might of given you a bit more room but don't forget most of that
extended nose is empty space in front of the radar and you have to fill that with both a normal radar and the TFR unless they were going use a phased
array system which would have made a lot more sense but would have pushed the cost's up.
Any more Tornado questions?