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Tornado Down
Tornado Down:
Gulf War I


Shot down by a SAM missile, RAF Flight Lieutenants John Peters and John Nichol were the ‘ordinary’ crew of a Tornado bomber when the First Gulf War broke out. Their faces are now among the most famous images of that conflict. Tortured and paraded by their Iraqi interrogators, their battered faces were broadcast across the world’s television screens, becoming a potent symbol of Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime.

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Excerpts: ‘The Tornado was doing 540 knots fifty feet above the desert when the missile hit. A hand-held SAM-16, its infra-red warhead locked onto the furnace heat of the aircraft’s engines. Some lone Iraqi’s lucky day. Travelling at twice the speed of sound, the SAM streaked into the bomber’s tailpipe, piercing the heart of its right turbine. Five kilograms of titanium-laced high-explosive vaporised on impact, smashing the thirty-ton aircraft sideways. It shuddered, a bright flame spurting from its skin: fifteen million pounds-worth of high technology crippled in a moment by the modern equivalent of the catapault.’

Tornado Down

Tornado Down

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