Video: One ‘sleek and sexy’ RAF Tornado for sale

Chris Wilson, of Jet art Aviation in Selby has restored a 54ft RAF Panavia Tornado, the plane is now up for sale for anyone wishing to act out their Top Gun fantasies.
Chris Wilson, of Jet art Aviation in Selby has restored a 54ft RAF Panavia Tornado, the plane is now up for sale for anyone wishing to act out their Top Gun fantasies.
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This painstakingly restored fighter jet is the ultimate boys’ toy for Top Gun fans.

The RAF Tornado has been rebuilt over the last 16 months to bring it back to its former glory, and the finished specifications are almost identical to when it last served.

It is up for sale with Jet Art Aviation, based in Selby, who specialise in the supply of static display and museum aircraft.

A spokesman for the company said: “The new owner will be able to act out some Top Gun style fantasies in the cockpit which is largely intact and comes with two Martin Baker MK10A ejection seats as well as head up display. The aircraft was first flown in November 1980 and served the first part of her life training aircrew from Britain, Italy and Germany.

“It was then retired to a ground instructional role where she served as the RAF Lossiemouth weapons load trainer and last flown in 2001.”

The ex-RAF Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA355 was acquired back in 2014, and the final touches in the lengthy restoration process were carried out in the last few weeks.

The spokesman said: “The exterior has been fully panelled and polished to within an inch of our lives resulting in one very sleek and sexy looking ‘Tonka’.”