In what seems either a bit of good planning or an admission that FSTA won’t be ready in time it seems the Out of Service Date of the eight strong RAF Tristar fleet has been extended by 4 months to the end of March 2014.
This will allow it to be used for the last Relief in Place in Afghanistan before the main drawdown later that year.
Over the next year and a half both the Tristar and VC10 will be replaced by Airbus A330 based Voyagers as part of the FSTA Airtanker PFI. One of the eight Tristars will also deploy to RAF Mount Pleasant to support the Typhoons there.
Mark sent me this video of a Tristar, always worth a laugh!