UNIQUE RAF Panavia Tornado GR1 Avionics Trials Pod Aircraft Drop Tank


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Totally unique one off piece of British Aviation Trials history.

Only one of these pods exist, this one.

Ideal for use as a museum display exhibit.

From Tornado GR1 – ZA326 the Raspberry Ripple trials Aircraft

GP001 Experimental Avionis Trials pod

This is a Tornado Aircraft 1000 Ltr capacity Supersonic Fuel Tank modified for use as a trials pod (GP Pod). Serial number is 001. Drop tank was modified in the 1980’smodified and split into 6 bays to house experimental avionics trails equipment. First conceived at RAE Bedford in 1988 then used at RAE Farnborough.

We have established that this pod has been used for:

Inav, CVNS and transfer alignment trials July 2000
Nav system trials 1998
Collision warning trials
Only ever used on one aircraft ZA326 the raspberry ripple GR1 trials aircraft. Carried on the centre line pylon on belly of the aircraft. Last photo illustrates ZA326 in service only.

Pod flown for last time 31/01/2002. Total pod flow hours: 76 hrs 05 mins

In service this used to contain: 486 pentium PC, Downwards facing camera, Rad altimeter, data logger, Inverts, transponder, INS, GPS and various other ‘trials’ avionics. VCR.

All internal avionics have been removed when the pod was decommissioned from service use. The pod is now empty as per the internal photos.

Weight: 250 Kg approx.

Size: 520cm length x 65cm diam Approx. Fins are 91.5cm length x 26.5cm high Approx.

Listing includes the Air-Log transport cradle which is a ‘Cradle transportation / loading for A/C fuel tank type B’ as used on Jaguar, Buccaneer, Tornado etc

Internet info found on the pods in service use:
Developments in terrain-referenced navigation which introduced covert techniques for guidance and control and a multi-mode laser radar for the purpose of cable and obstacle detection. This CO2 Laser Radar, or CLARA, was developed with industry and jointly with the French. It demonstrated a highly effective method for obstacle detection. It is mounted in a blue pod attached to the centre fuselage pylon. i.e. THIS POD

The last photo illustrates the pod as used in service fitted to the centre line of ZA326. The Tornado F3 in the background of the photos is not included in this sale but is also available contact us for further details.


This is a large and bulky item. We can arrange delivery at buyers expense via specialist courier. Please contact us with a delivery address for a delivery quotation. Local collection in person can also be arranged and we can load with a forklift truck if required.

Our ref 17011970

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