The Panavia Tornado Preservation Group (registered charity number 1163207) was established in 2015 to ensure that examples of the Tornado aircraft are preserved after the type is retired from active service. The aircraft was developed by Panavia, a tri-national establishment (Britain, Germany and Italy), with the prototype first flying in August 1974. Since then the Tornado has served the air forces of Britain, Germany, Italy and Saudi Arabia for over 40 years, in air defence (ADV), electronic combat/reconnaissance (ECR) and interdictor/strike (IDS) roles.
The Tornado is a two-crew, swing-wing, supersonic aircraft with a max speed of Mach 2.2 and a service ceiling of 50,000ft. It is still one of the few aircraft able to operate at low level, day or night and in poor weather.
The charitable aims of the Panavia Tornado Preservation Group (PTPG) are:
- To advance the education of the public in the operational/engineering aspects of the Panavia Tornado aircraft and its place in UK aviation history through the provision of a museum for its display and to exhibit documents, items, artefacts and other materials related to the Tornado; and
- To preserve and protect the Panavia Tornado aircraft for the benefit of the public
PTPG are the proud owners of ZA326, the world’s only Tornado GR.1P and the very last GR.1 variant to fly. You can find out more about 326 and the teams efforts to restore the aircraft back to ground-running condition on the dedicated project website, www.za326.com.
As a charity we rely entirely on the goodwill and generosity of the public, and receive no Government or state funding.