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Final flypast over RAF Spadeadam for Tornado jets

They will be spotted flying over 35 military bases and landmarks. Credit: PA

To mark the retirement of the Tornado jet after forty years service with the Royal Air Force, three of the aircraft are making a celebratory flight across the country today.

People in Cumbria will have the chance to say goodbye to the jets when they fly over RAF Spadeadam this afternoon between 2:30pm and 2:45pm - subject to weather conditions.

By the end of March the aircraft - that first saw combat in the Gulf War - will be fully retired from RAF service.

They will be flying on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday over 35 military bases and landmarks, with more planned routes to come.

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The full list of times to see the flypast are below :

  • 1315 – 1330 Kendrew Barracks (RAF Cottesmore) –National Memorial Arboretum – DECA Stafford – RAF Cosford
  • 1330 – 1345 RAF Shawbury – DECA Sealand
  • 1345 – 1400 RAF Valley
  • 1415 – 1430 BAES Warton – BAES Samlesbury
  • 1430 – 1445 RAF Spadeadam
  • 1445 – 1500 RAF Leeming – RAF Topcliffe – RAF Linton-On-Ouse
  • 1500 – 1515 RAF Waddington – RAF College Cranwell – RAF Coningsby
  • 1515 – 1535 RAF Donna Nook – RAF Holbeach – RAF Wyton