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Watch: RAF Tornado fly past over Titanic Belfast and Campbell College

An RAF Tornado GR4 aircraft took part in a fly over at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast today for the start of Skills Northern Ireland.

RAF Tornado Belfast fly over

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The RAF Tornado aircraft from IX (Bomber) Squadron provided a low-level fly past of the Titanic Exhibition Centre and Campbell College, Belfast at around 10.50am.

The lead pilot was a local man from Bangor, Co Down with some 28 years of RAF service.

The fly past was part of a routine training mission, and will be conducted at 1,000 feet above ground level and up to a maximum speed of 360kts.

It has been organised to mark the start of Skills Northern Ireland - a new, interactive and inspiring two day event for 14-19 year olds and the teachers, parents and influencers that help them make their future job and career choices.

The event will connect talented young people with job, career and skills opportunities across Northern Ireland.

RAF Recruiters will be among those at the event along with a model Typhoon, and a member of non-commissioned Aircrew will be on hand to answer questions.

The evening opening is 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, 8 November, with free entry aimed at parents, carers and their families.

The Tornados will also fly over Campbell College, Belfast in recognition during Remembrance Week of Squadron Leader Patrick Marshall - a former pupil of the east Belfast school - who was killed in action on January 30, 2005 when the C130 aircraft he was travelling in was downed by enemy fire.

There is a small memorial to Patrick in the school assembly hall along with other former Campbell College old boys killed on military service. 

The Tornado Aircraft will be from IX (Bomber) Squadron based at RAF Marham, Norfolk.

The Tornado entered Service with the RAF in June 1982 and has operated with IX(B) Squadron continuously and will do until it’s planned exit from Service in 2020.

IX(B) Sqn has a formidable reputation for carrying out bombing during the hours of darkness; this reputation is captured by the bat depicted on the Squadron badge.

This aircraft type has been the mainstay of the RAF strike/attack force during this time. It is flown by two aircrew and is capable of speeds in excess of 1.3 Mach. Still one of the very few aircraft in the world that is able to operate at low level, day or night and in poor weather, the Tornado is now equipped with a modern precision-guided weapons suite and world-class reconnaissance sensors.

The Tornado GR4 has been successfully deployed in Operational theatres since 1990. It has seen action under various operations in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

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