From the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, July 27, 1986
The Tornado was developed and built by Panavia Aircraft GmbH, a tri-national consortium consisting of British Aerospace (previously British Aircraft Corporation), MBB of West Germany, and Aeritalia of Italy. It first flew on 14 August 1974 and was introduced into service in 1979–1980. It remained in production until 1998.
The British pound was worth about $1.50 U.S. in July 1986, so RAF officers in training received roughly $12,000 U.S. per year. Doesn't seem like very much to pay someone to be trained to fly a £14,000,000 aircraft.
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