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Norfolk aircraft fly missions over Iraq

A Tornado taking off in Cyprus

RAF reconnaissance aircraft from Norfolk have begun flying missions over Iraq.

A Marham Tornado prepares for a sortie

Six Tornado warplanes from Marham near King's Lynn have been sent to the British airbase at Akrotiri in Cyprus.

Each aircraft has a crew of two

They've been flying surveillance missions over Northern Iraq to pinpoint the location of refugees in need of relief supplies as they flee from extremist forces who've forced them to leave their homes.

The RAF base at Akrotiri


Norfolk warplane films flood devastation

The Tornado reconnaissance aircraft prepares for take off Credit: Ministry of Defence

An RAF reconnaissance aircraft from Norfolk has captured aerial images of the floods in the Thames Valley.

The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham has produced detailed imagery which it is hoped will assist the planning and co-ordination of relief efforts.

Detailed low level photography gives a clear view of the flooding Credit: Ministry of Defence

The aircraft, operated by 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile Raptor - Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado - which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery.

The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities