Pimp My Panavia Tornado

Yesterday’s enemies turned fast friends, the Luftwaffe maintains a Flying Training Center at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.  Yesterday the German air force’s Tornado contingent at the FTC marked the passage of their 55,555th flight hour with a special paint job.  More details at AF.mil.

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, taxi a German Tornado at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, after achieving the 55, 555 flight hour for FTC aircrews.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, taxi a German Tornado at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, after achieving the 55, 555 flight hour for FTC aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, taxi a specially painted German Tornado at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, prior to take off. During the flight, the two colonels flew the 55,555 flight hour by FTC aircrews.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, taxi a specially painted German Tornado at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, prior to take off. During the flight, the two colonels flew the 55,555 flight hour by FTC aircrews. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Two German Tornados, one specially painted to commemorate the event, fly over the German air force Flying Training Center at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, on the way to achieving the 55,555th flight hourin a Tornado. Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, were flying the painted Tornado.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Two German Tornados, one specially painted to commemorate the event, fly over the German air force Flying Training Center at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 13, 2009, on the way to achieving the 55,555th flight hourin a Tornado. Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, were flying the painted Tornado. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, prepare to fly a specially painted German Tornado from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 13, 2009. This flight marked the completion of 55,555 Tornado flight hours of training at Holloman by German air force pilots.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

Col. Peter Klement, German air force Flying Training Center commander and Col. Jeff Harrigian, 49th Fighter Wing commander, prepare to fly a specially painted German Tornado from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 13, 2009. This flight marked the completion of 55,555 Tornado flight hours of training at Holloman by German air force pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Veronica Stamps)

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