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Nicknamed the "Tonka" by the British, the Tornado made its combat debut
as part of the British contribution
to the Gulf War in 1991. Operation Granby saw nearly 60 RAF GR1s deploy to air bases
at Muharraq in Bahrain and Tabuk and Dhahran in Saudi Arabia.
Several Tornado ADVs were deployed to provide air cover,
the threat of their long range missiles being a significant deterrent to Iraqi pilots,
who would deliberately avoid combat when approached.
Early on in the conflict, the GR1s targeted military airfields across Iraq,
deploying a mixture of 450 kg (1,000 lb) unguided bombs in loft-bombing attacks
and specialised JP233 runway denial weapons. Six RAF Tornados were lost in the conflict,
four were lost while delivering unguided bombs,

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