A SPECIAL ceremony was held at RAF Brize Norton to mark the formal handover of responsibility for the base’s new Voyager transport and refuelling aircraft to No 1 Air Mobility Wing.
Until now the Voyager programme was managed by the RAF’s HQ Air Command but with completion in the spring of a core fleet of nine Voyagers, taking over from elderly TriStars, the focus has switched to service operations, rather than development and delivery of the planes.
Eight of the fleet are dedicated full-time to military use, and the RAF will have first call on the other six Voyagers but they will be available for charter to other operators if not needed for military duties.
The planes will provide strategic transport, air-to-air refuelling and airborne medical evacuation capabilities for the next 25 years and can refuel Typhoon and Tornado strike jets and Hercules turboprop transport planes in mid-air.
The ceremony was held at the end of last month at the RAF station’s AirTanker hangar, the base of the consortium that supplies and maintains the planes under a private finance initiative agreement.
Air Commodore David Lee, the RAF’s Air Officer Air Mobility, said: “Voyager represents a quantum leap in capability and reliability and will be essential to UK defence outputs.
“This capability is delivered through the fusion of military and commercial best practice and illustrates what can be achieved through the close partnering of regulars, civilians and reserves.”
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
Our top stories
12:10am Wednesday 4th March 2015
DANCE superstars Groove Armada and pop icon Paloma Faith and have been announced as headliners for this summer's Big Feastival.
9:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015
A VICTIM of the Bullfinch gang and her mother demanded that heads should roll at Oxfordshire County Council ahead of today’s report into the abuse scandal.
6:36pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Formidable fashion icon and Editor-in-Chief of US Vogue Anna Wintour was ushered into Oxford Union for a talk tonight.
5:00pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015
A £120M proposed flood relief channel running through Kennington has been welcomed after it was revealed university chiefs will help out.
12:59pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015
A story rounding up the report and reaction to this morning's Bullfinch Serious Case Review.
9:30am Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Armand Gnanduillet is available to make his Oxford United debut against Morecambe tonight after joining on loan until the end of the season.