Laurie Fisher (left) and Squadron Leader Paine (right) congratulate each other in achieving 4000 flying hours.

Weapon Systems Operator Laurie who is based at RAF Marham has previously worked in the RAF serving on many Squadrons including IX(B) and 31 Squadron, both of which are now stationed at RAF Marham.

The occasion was made even more special by the fact that Laurie was joined in the cockpit by Squadron Leader Ritch Paine who has also achieved 4000 flying hours.

Speaking after the flight Laurie said: “It was a great privilege to fly my 4000th hour in Tornado with Squadron Leader Paine. The sortie also reflects the close working relationship between the RAF Tornado Force and the BAE Systems team."

Squadron Leader Paine added, “It was a real pleasure to fly with my industry colleague Laurie Fisher, particularly memorable as we have both reached our 4000 hours on the Tornado GR4 today.”