Wednesday, 18 September 2013

RAF Tornado GR4


Another image from RIAT 2013. This is an RAF Tornado GR4 of No. 617 "Dambusters" Squadron. It has been painted with special tail art that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, which took place during the Second World War. In this daring low-level night raid, Lancaster bombers of No. 617 Squadron equipped with Barnes Wallis' "bouncing bomb" attacked dams in the Ruhr valley region of Germany. The special bomb was designed to bounce over the surface of the water in the reservoir of each damn avoiding torpedo nets, before hitting the dam, sinking and exploding at a certain depth. The aim of the raid was to damage the dams and disrupt the industries located in the valleys below.

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