Tornado GR1 fully restored, now available to buy
The year long Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA355 restoration project has finally been completed! Since acquiring the Ex Royal Air Force Jet back in July 2014, the Jet Art team have been working hard to return ZA355 to her former glory. See the finished result in the video below.
Over the last few weeks the final finishing touches were added, including 2 Martin Baker MK10A ejection seats. The canopy opens and closes hydraulically and inboard wing pylons were added as the finishing touch to give that more purposeful look. The exterior has been fully panelled and polished to within an inch of our lives resulting in one very sleek and sexy looking ‘Tonka’. The Jet Art team were fortunate enough to get a few sunny days for the photo shoot, and as you can see from the images the end result of all our hard work is one fantastic looking aeroplane. She will make an ideal Gate Guard, Static Display, Business Promotional Tool or Museum Piece.
History of ZA355: This aircraft was one of the last GR1s in operation 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.