Tag Air Refuelling

Air Tanker – For Hire

Air Tanker are progressing bringing the RAF’s Voyagers into service and as can be sen from the images below have also offloaded fuel to French Rafale and US Navy F18’s [tabs] [tab title=”Rafale”] [/tab] [tab title=”F18″] [/tab] [/tabs] This is…

Just Thomas Cook It

The RAF’s A330 Voyager airborne refuelling and transport aircraft, as we all know, are not owned by the RAF but instead provided by the Airtanker Consortium comprising Babcock, Cobham, Airbus Group, Rolls Royce and Thales as what is I suppose, a…

RAF Tristar Out of Service

Last Tristar Sortie
After 30 years of service the Tristar is now out of service with the RAF The final sortie was on the 24th of March and 216 Squadron disbanded. The Tristar fleet consisted of three sub types. 3x C.2 transport only,…

VC10 Swansong

As the meritous, 50 year, service of the RAF VC-10 draws to a close, the last two aircraft (ZA147 and ZA150) will conduct their final air-to-air refuelling sortie, then diverge to carry out fly pasts of various locations around the…

Hub and Spoke

We were discussing earlier this week the UK’s capacity to move personnel in and out ouf Afghanistan, whether the hub and spoke arrangement currently used with a mixture of RAF aircraft equipped with suitable DAS and civilian charters is necessarily the…

Who is Paying for the FSTA

The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft or FSTA is the RAF’s new tanker and strategic transport aircraft based on the Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The 14 aircraft will replace the existing and rather knackered Tristar’s and VC10’s that are valiantly soldiering on…