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WATCH Going out with a BANG at RAF Marham

raf marham tornado farewell parade

Published by Chris Craddock at 6:15am 15th March 2019.

After nearly 40 years of service - the Tornado went out with bang!

We wouldn't expect anything less from the aircraft that's been the soundtrack to West Norfolk's skies for decades now.

The iconic aircraft retired from active service during a special ceremony at RAF Marham yesterday (14th March).

  • The Tornados start life in the RAF in 1979 and become the stand out fighter jet for the air force
  • F-35 Jets arrive at RAF Marham to replace the Tornados at the base last June
  • Then the Tornados return from overseas duty in February
  • After the jets go on a Farewell Tour of the country ending at RAF Marham

A special parade was held at the base to mark the historic occasion.

Squadron Leader Ian Dornan and Squadron Leader Stephen Beardmore flew the Tornado on its last flight.

raf marham tornado farewell parade
the special parade that took place to mark the historic occasion


Crowds gathered to see it take flight for what looks like will be the last time.

The aircraft's operational duties will be taken on by the Typhoon jets now.

While the state-of-the-art F-35 Lightning jets means RAF Marham will continue to play a key role in the RAF.

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