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.
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:
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).
Photo: © 2013 Steven Spink
BELOW: Upper plaque enlarged.
BELOW: Lower plaque enlarged.
Crash Site Photo
BELOW: The impact point (centre and right) marking the site of the Tornado crash at Glen Ogle.
Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 1 Sep 1994
Glen Ogle [map]
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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.
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Panavia Tornado ZG708
Glen Ogle, Killin, Stirling