The Tornado Years

More Adventures of a Cold War Fast-Jet Navigator

David Herriot

In this, his second book, Wing Commander David Herriot explores that part of his RAF service which was intimately linked to the Panavia Tornado. This is an epic adventure for the military aviation enthusiast, particularly those with affection for the Panavia Tornado.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Air World
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 color & black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526758941
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Following the success of The Adventures of a Cold War Fast-Jet Navigator: The Buccaneer Years, which won the Aviation Enthusiasts’ Book Club’s coveted ‘Book of the Year’ award in 2018, Wing Commander David Herriot now explores that part of his RAF service which was intimately linked to the Panavia Tornado.

Whilst The Buccaneer Years introduced the reader to the life of an exuberant and boisterous young officer working hard to make his mark on four front-line fast-jet squadrons in both Germany and the United Kingdom, this book ushers in a much more sober and responsible officer. Qualified as a weapons instructor, and acknowledged as a skilled tactician and weapons expert, Herriot soon rose to the top on his first tour on Tornado. Subsequent promotions in rank found him with responsibility for all aspects of weapon delivery, and the formulation of tactics, for the four Tornado squadrons based at RAF Brüggen in Germany.

Later, in Whitehall, his career changed to that of a Ministry of Defence staff officer, assigned with the development of the weapons requirements for all air-to-surface delivery platforms in the RAF, but particularly Tornado. There followed a wartime deployment as the ‘Boss’ of an RAF support unit in Italy, for a squadron of Jaguars deployed on NATO operations in Kosovo, before his next appointment took him to the RAF College where he was, as the commanding officer of Cadet Wing, responsible for the training and guidance of the future officer corps of the RAF.

In the twilight of his career, and now acknowledged as ‘the man to give an operational project to’, he was tasked by the Air Force Board with analyzing, defining and creating an ‘Air Warfare Training’ through-life learning package for all the officers and airmen/women of the RAF.

This is another epic adventure for the military aviation enthusiast, particularly those with affection for the Panavia Tornado. It is one that provides a rare insight into the ‘behind the scenes’ workings of a number of air force departments that are not often exposed, quite so candidly, in an unclassified document. Herriot’s open and easy style has been commended highly previously. He does not let his readers down with this one. This is a story well worth reading.

About The Author
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David Herriot served in the RAF for 38 years as a navigator and qualified weapons instructor both on the Buccaneer S2 and the Tornado GR1. Born and brought up in Glasgow, he now lives in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire with his wife Jo. He is a keen amateur genealogist who has researched his family history back to the 17th Century in and around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. When not writing, he enjoys golf, the theatre, walking his Labrador and every minute spent with his five grandchildren.

REVIEWS
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well written, authoritative and has plenty of behind-the-scenes insight into Tornado tactics

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