November 19, 2008
Standing by...Q1 - the designator for one of two Tornado F3s on Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) or just Q for short - sits fully crewed-up in its Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS). Nos. 43(F) and 111(F) Squadrons are the last remaining Tornado F3 units tasked to provide crews and aircraft at 10 minutes readiness, 365 days a year, to police the UK's airspace. Q jets are typically armed with 4x AMRAAM and 4x ASRAAM air-to-air missiles, plus high explosive rounds for its internally mounted 27mm Mauser cannon.