WTD 61 Tornado IDS 98+02 pre-production prototype P13 with MW-1

Product information "WTD 61 Tornado IDS 98+02 pre-production prototype P13 with MW-1"

High value 250 g/m2 silky luster paper poster at the size of DIN A3 (420x297 mm, 16 1/2 x 11 3/4'', DIN A2 and DIN A1 optional) with aircraft scheme and textual descriptions. All texts in german. DIN A2 and DIN A1 versions are optional, and will be printed after reception of the order which means a delay of ca. 1 week for the shipping.

Background Story

In the course of the TORNADO developement 10 prototype aircraft (GB 5 including a trainer and one for static ground tests, Germany 3 and Italy 2) and 6 pre-production prototype aircraft (Germany 3, GB 2 and Italy 1) were build. In most cases those aircraft were not equipped completely with all systems but only selectively to undergo extensive tests with one or two systems (e.g. flightcontrol system, or terrain following radar, or navigation system and so on). Furtheron constructive changes or improvements during the ongoing developement came up and had to be incorporated and tested. P13 had its first flight January 10 1978 in Manching with the crew Fritz Soos and Rainer Henke. The main tasks of this pre-production series aircraft was testing of aerodynamic behaviours flying supersonic and trials with the new MW-1. Interesting is also the fact that this was the first airplane to have a modified leading edge of the taileron which had gotten a distinct knick.
After 15 years of development it was decided in 1984 by the german forces to buy the MW-1. 1985 the first deliveries started. From planned 2554 MW-1 only approx. 850 were bought though. Besides the Luftwaffe only the Italian airforce bought another 100 units.