Tornado For Sale

  • Oct 15, 2015 6:37am GMT

This Ex Royal Air Force PANAVIA Tornado GR1 (ZA355) is for sale! The jet just completed a year long rebuild and restoration.

Jet Art Aviation Limited says it's, "A rare opportunity to get your hands on a early Spec IDS Tornado aircraft ready to display! Ideal for use as a Gate Guard, Static display aircraft, business promotional tool or Museum piece. This aircraft was one of the last GR1s in operational service and is finished as she last flew in all over grey looking very similar to a current spec GR4. First flown on 28/11/1980, this aircraft served the first part of her operational life on TTTE (Tri Tornado Training Establishment) with tail code B55 before being allocated to 15 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth. Last flown 31/05/2001, this aircraft was retired to a ground instructional role where she served as the RAF Lossiemouth weapons load trainer as a ground instructional airframe for: 14 Sqn, 15 Sqn, 12 Sqn and 617 Sqn. This involved being kept in a nice cosy heated hardened aircraft shelter with regular maintenance which preserved the aircraft incredibly well. We have retained the original TAA tail code and XV squadron markings on the fin. One very clean and tidy, stunning looking Tornado." They go on to say, "The canopy opens and closes hydraulically. The cockpit interior is very complete with only a few deficiencies. 2X martin Baker MK10A ejection seats are installed as well as Head Up Display, Stick, throttle etc."

VIDEO: Jet Art Aviation Ltd RAF Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA355 For Sale

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Jet Art Aviation Ltd is a specialist disposal contractor for aircraft, parts, restoration work, transportation and logistical work. The business was started by Chris Wilson in 2006 after he left the Royal Air Force. He started building aviation themed furniture and display items trading as ‘Jet Art’. The business quickly evolved over the next few years. The demand for aircraft parts in their raw state as well as larger projects such as the restoration and the supply of complete aircraft for display use led to expanding the business. The business is very much an international venture with customers and clients all over the world. As well as providing a service for aircraft operators, large aviation museums, and the top end aviation collector they also supporting the lower end of the market. Thousands of items supplied by them have gone to be used on aircraft and cockpit restoration projects helping to preserve aviation history for generations to come.

The group has other aircraft for sale as well, including a Harrier and another Tornado. They recently sold a F-104 Starfighter. You can visit their webpage to see more.