Tornado F3

A Navigator's Eye on Britain's Last Interceptor

David Gledhill

Date Published :
April 2015
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
123 black and white photograpns, 62 color photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781553077
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The Tornado F2 had a troubled introduction to service. Unloved by its crews and procured as a political imperative, it was blighted by failures and was developed to counter a threat that disappeared. Modified rapidly before it could be sent to war, the Tornado F3 eventually matured into a capable weapons system, but despite datalinks and new air-to-air weapons, its poor reputation sealed its fate. The author, a former Tornado F3 navigator, tells the story from an insider's perspective from the early days as one of the first instructors on the Operational Conversion Unit, through its development and operational testing, to its demise. David Gledhill reflects on its capabilities and deficiencies and analyses why the aircraft was mostly underestimated by opponents. Although many books have already described the Tornado F3, the author's involvement in its development will provide a unique insight into this complex and misunderstood aircraft programme and dispel some of the myths.

About The Author

David Gledhill joined the Royal Air Force as a Navigator in 1973. After training, he flew the F4 Phantom on squadrons in the UK and West Germany. He was one of the first aircrew members to fly the F2 and F3 Air Defence Variant of the Tornado on its acceptance into service and served for many years as an instructor on the Operational Conversion Units of both the Phantom and the Tornado. He commanded the Tornado Fighter Flight in the Falkland Islands and has worked extensively with the Armed Forces of most NATO nations. He has published a number of factual books on aviation topics and novels in the Phantom Air Combat series set during the Cold War.


"a nice completion of your book case. I join in completely with the conclusion in the review of “The Phantom in Focus” (the same author) namely one of the better books about aviation and written in a fascinating style."

- Aviation Reviews

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