Up Airframe Modules Frames and Stations Forward Fuselage Zones


Tornado was designed with a "safe life" of 16,000 flying hours, factored by four.  This gives an in service safe fatigue life of 4,000 flying hours, based on the design criteria.

The airframe utilises conventional metals and metallic honeycomb structures. It is also modular, the modules are
    - Forward Fuselage,
    - Centre Fuselage,
    - Rear Fuselage,
    - Wings, inc flaps, slats and spoilers,
    - Wing Root Glove, inc root fairing, nib and krueger flap(IDS/GR.x),
    - Fin, inc rudder and pre cooler fairing,
    - Tailerons.

Corrosion protection was considered as part of the design philosophy.
    - Extensive use of inherently corrosion resistant materials,
    - Wet assembly with chromate pigmented joint compound,
    - Internal & external surface protected by anodising, epoxy primer and paint to customer specifications,
    - Corrosion inhibiting sealants.

Other benefits of the Tornado airframe are,
    - Conventional design,
    - Main sections unbolt for major repairs,
    - Extensive, established repair schemes,
    - Class A interchangeability for all important airframe components including,
                - Canopy,
                - Windscreen,
                - Radome,
                - Air intakes,
                - Landing gear doors,
                - Engine bay doors,
                - Secondary power bay doors,
                - Wing pivot fairings,
                - Spine hoods,
                - Flaps, slats, spoilers & tailerons,
                - Airbrakes,
                - Rudders.

Text based on Panavia Maintainability Document