Panavia Tornado ZG708

Glen Ogle, Killin, Stirling













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: RAF Panavia Tornado F3 [FG] (identifier ZE342) taxiing for take off at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England.


RAF Panavia Tornado F3 taxing for take-off at the Royal International Air Tatoo RAF Fairford


Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain





Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Panavia Tornado GR Mk.1A  / ZG708



With its first flights taking place in the mid 1970's and following acceptance by the RAF in 1980, the Tornado continued in production until 1998. The manufacturing consortium consisted of BAE Systems, EADS, and Alenia.


The Tornado was fitted with two RB199 turbofans, and is equipped with AMRAAM, Sky Flash, AIM-9 Sidewinder, or similar armaments. It carries a crew of two: The pilot in the front seat and the weapons systems officer in the rear seat.


The Tornado F3 variant was developed from the original Tornado GR1 attack aircraft. Normally, the aircraft would be armed with short and medium range air-to-air missiles.


Among many other advanced features, the aircraft is equipped with BAE Systems Foxhunter radar, providing search capability over an extended range.



BELOW: This photo, taken at Goose Bay, shows early RAF Tornado GR Mk.1A's (reconnaissance versions) from which the Tornado F3 was developed later. Some of the missiles carried by this aircraft can be seen clearly. The GR Mk.1A (photo below) is the type of Tornado featured on this page.


RAF Tornado GR1A's at Goose Bay clearly showing missiles carried


Photo: 1992, 2009 Andy Marks - ManxAirPix. Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


For further examples, see Panavia Tornado at Wikimedia Commons 





Aircraft Accident Details


Panavia Tornado ZG708 was engaged in a low-level  training sortie over Scotland, including a pass down Glen Ogle at a height of about 150m (c. 500 feet).


While flying down Glen Ogle, the aircraft bore right to follow the line of the valley. However, as the Tornado banked, and the pilot applied re-heat to both engines, the aircraft inverted through 180°.


At this point, one of the wings made contact with the ground, causing the aircraft to crash, approximately 3 miles S of Killin.


It is believed that the pilot may have attempted this manoeuvre to avoid a potential hazard.


 [See MoD Accident Report]






Aircraft Crew Casualties


Tragically, both the pilot and the navigator / weapons systems officer died in this accident. These were:

  • Flt Lt Patrick Peter Harrison (33), RAF

  • Flt Lt Peter John Michael Mosley (31), RAF





Crash Site Photos




BELOW: The Memorial at the Glen Ogle crash site.


The Memorial is just north of  Glenogle Cottages and not far from a small car park next to the road (A85).


the memorial at the glen ogle crash site


Photo: © 2013 Steven Spink



BELOW: Upper plaque enlarged.


upper plaque enlarged




BELOW: Lower plaque enlarged.


lower plaque enlarged






Crash Site Photo


BELOW: The impact point (centre and right) marking the site of the Tornado crash at Glen Ogle.


the impact point where the tornado jet crashed


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel




















Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 1 Sep 1994


Accident Site:

Glen Ogle [map]


Region: Stirling


Nearest towns or villages:

Killin or Lochearnhead


Nearest large town:

Perth (E) [map]


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Refs: N/A


Present Condition: Little remains of the crash site, although it is marked by a Memorial cairn and plaque (see photos below). A cycle track now passes through the accident site.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: ZG708


Operator: RAF (XIII Squadron (disbanded 2011))


Operating Station: RAF Marham


Station Location: Marham, Norfolk.


Current Station Status: Operational Military Air Station (RAF)


Current Station Name: RAF Marham





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