AirTanker, the public private partnership that in 2008 took on the challenge of delivering, supporting and maintaining the future transport and air-to-air refuelling (AAR) operational capability for the Royal Air Force, released a very cool air-to-air video from its aircraft on the mission. Featuring, of course, the employees of its customer: fighter jocks and transport crews of the RAF.
Under the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme, the aircraft chosen for the job was the Airbus A330 MRTT, named Voyager in British service. In total 14 Airbus A330MRTT are due to be delivered, with nine-aircraft as the core fleet and five as the so-called surge fleet.
The core-fleet is operated by RAF crews from 10 and 101 squadron, the surge fleet by AirTanker with civilian pilots, many of whom double as sponsored reservists with the RAF. Those “surge” aircraft are available for lease – including on the civilian market – but will be drawn back into service if the RAF needs them. AirTanker is planned to be at full strength by the end of 2016.
Airheadsfly.com visited AirTanker earlier this year and we were impressed by what we saw and heard. Check it out here!
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