Raf Fast Jet Assists Flood Relief Efforts from the Air
Image Shows a 31 Sqn, RAF Marham Tornado being loaded with a Raptor Pod before a sortie to provide imagery of the Thames Valley area.
The Royal Air Force today launched one of its Tornado fast jets to capture a highly detailed aerial picture of the areas affected by the floods, after a request by Gold commanders in the Thames Valley.
The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham in Norfolk has produced detailed imagery that will aid the planning and co-ordination of multi-agency efforts to provide relief to local residents and communities.
The aircraft, operated by the RAF's 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile RAPTOR – Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado – which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery. The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at RAF Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities for their use
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Tornado. This tornado is part of the extended tornado outbreak that devastated parts of the Central United States on 4 May 2007. The most destruction occured in Greensburg, Kansas and other tornadoes were reported across South Dakota, Colorado and Oklahoma. The outbreak continued until the 6 May 2007 and a total of 123 tornadoes was confirmed. Photographed on 4th May 2007, in Ellis County, Oklahoma, USA
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19th May 1970: The tornado effect left in the wake of aeroplanes which can last for several minutes and may cause serious accidents as pilots follow aircraft into apparantly calm air. NASA have investigated this by releasing coloured smoke into the air and then flying an aeroplane through it which makes the effect visible. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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