Despite still being used on the front line against ISIS in Syria every day, the iconic Tornado fighter-bomber jets are set to be axed by early next year.
All 36 Tornado GR4s will be decommissioned by the RAF because of defence budget cuts.
The bomber was set to stay until the F-35B jet was ready to replace it but budget pressures have forced the RAF's hand early.
The iconic Tornado GR4 fighter bomber jet is set to be axed by the RAF because of budget cuts
The iconic bomber is still in action against Islamic State in Syria after plans to remove it were first raised in 2015.
The Tornado was given a reprieve then to join the air war in Syria where it is supporting Special Forces.
But the RAF is now making way for 12 F-35Bs, to operate from RAF Marham, and the new Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
A senior RAF source told the Express: 'The plan after the change to the 2015 SDSR decision was to keep the Tornado fully in service until the arrival of the F-35B.
'But budget pressures has meant this has changed, and Tornado withdrawal is being accelerated.'
The move comes after the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, of 'capability gaps' caused by budget cuts.
He said that