Falklands 1435 FLIGHT
Tornado F3 Aircraft Maltese Cross and Eagle Squadron Fin Marking Panel
Salvaged and removed from Tornado F.3 ZG797 Code “D” for Desperation
**Own a VERY RARE piece of aviation / Falklands history
Mountable Aviation Wall Art for your home, office or hangar
Last photo illustrates Tornado F.3 Code D in service
Size: 81cm length x 74cm width x 2.5cm depth Approx. Weighs 7.4 Kg Approx.
Used as flown condition. Several scuffs and scratches to paintwork – Eagle is scuffed. The cross has also lost some of its edges in places. Comes with original aircraft grime on back of panel! Some edges may be sharp as this panel has been cut down to size. Please look closely at the additional photos for further information on this item.
ZG797 was delivered to RAF Coningsby 23.10.92. Reassigned to 43 squadron in 03′, it was coded “GF” in 2004 and received 43 Sqn special marks with black tail and spine. It was assigned to 1435 Flight as “C” (Charity) before returning to 43 Sqn in 2006. Once again it was reassigned to 1435 flight as “D” (Desperation) before returning to the UK in 2007 as part of the final Tornado F.3 deployment and sent to Leeming.*
*Peter Foster, Tornado ADV
While permanently based in the Falklands Island, the four Tornado F.3 aircraft provide a 365-day, 24-hour alert. The 1435 Flight has maintained its Maltese connections, with its aircraft sporting the Maltese cross. The practice of naming the four-aircraft presence on the islands has also been maintained: they are called Faith, Hope and Charity, after the legendary three Gloster Sea Gladiators that once defended Malta, and Desperation. Desperation was added to the three traditional names when Phantoms entered service in the Falklands and the flight was revived in 1988. Faith, Hope and Charity fly operationally, with Desperation appropriately in reserve. The four Tornados remained in active service until they were replaced in their turn by four Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 in September 2009. Although the unit’s new aircraft do not have the traditional names applied, the four aircraft have tailcodes that match (F, H, C, D).**
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