John describes the bond you form with aircraft in the RAF: “It sounds weird, but they become like little metallic children. Everyone feels that way.” When the news came that the Tornado GR4 was to be retired from service, it sparked an idea. “There was no plan to commemorate this aircraft that had been so integral to people’s lives, taken them overseas, amassed two million flying hours.” To give RAF colleagues the chance to own a piece of the story that had defined their last 15 years, John started a project to make a tornado cufflink using material melted down from the aircraft itself.
Unbeknown to him, someone else had already had exactly the same idea. Alan’s latest goal was to produce a tornado cufflink – and it’s at this point John got in touch following a tip off from a colleague.
The rest, as they say, is history.
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