A good friend of mine led of a flight of two F-xx that jumped a low level RAF Tornado over Germany. The Tornado pilot stalled the plane and decided the seats were the best solution because he wasn’t gonna recover it. His wingman had it all on video.
F-xx used to protect the guilty
I never heard of this one before, I couldn’t see anything about it online, do you have a link to anything.
It may not be on the web, occurred in 1990. But, I’ve heard it and independently verified.
I've got nothing for 1990.
However, I've got this suspiciously similar episode from May '91
Tornado GR.1 ZA376 (20 sqdn)
During a bounce manoeuvres with two other Tornados the pilot over banked while in the decent [sic] and control was lost. At 200 ft the pilot felt that he was regaining control but the navigator (Flt Lt Rob Woods) selected command ejection and exited both of them from the aircraft. The Tornado crashed near Lubberstedt, North Germany
Two Tornados? Maybe that's just the publicly edited version of events?
The pilot (Sqn. Ldr. Pablo Mason) is a larger than life "Biggles" character with a magnificent handlebar moustache (and I've seen it!), and had recently returned from Desert Storm where he had led 24 bombing missions and appeared frequently on BBC news reports.
Coincidentally the RAF sent 24 Tornado crews (i.e. 48 personnel) to the Gulf War, of which three crews ejected and were taken prisoner, and two more crews were killed in action. Losing five out of 24 is almost as bad as WWII. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Mason
And here is a picture of that amazing moustache in more recent times, after getting into hot water as a pilot with Thomas Cook https://www.business-live.co.uk/news/lo ... ge-3949221
Nothing to see here; move along please.