Airbus Military released this image of its first A330 MRTT for the Royal Air Force leaving the hangar at Getafe, Madrid.
Airbus Military explains the significance of this roll-out: “The A330 MRTT Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) has completed in-door trials required prior to the aircraft’s maiden flight. The aircraft will perform out-door trials, such as fuel trials and once all trials are successfully completed, the aircraft will be handed over to the Flight Test Team for First Flight which is due next month.
“The aircraft has been converted from a basic A330-200 airframe by Airbus Military. Following the flight-test programme it will be delivered late next year to the AirTanker consortium responsible for operating the aircraft on behalf of the Royal Air Force.”