AirTanker just Tweeted this shot of the sixth A330 to enter conversion as a Voyager tanker/transport for the UK.
Photographed on its arrival from Toulouse on 23 July, the widebody will be the fourth aircraft to enter work at Airbus Military’s Getafe site near Madrid, following a recent decision to relocate the activity from Cobham Aviation Services in Bournemouth, Dorset. The UK company will complete only two of the 14 Voyagers to be operated by the Royal Air Force under a PFI deal with industry.
There was a lot of chat in the run-up to the Farnborough air show about major problems affecting the Voyager’s ability to conduct air-to-air refuelling activities – a fairly fundamental part of its operational requirement. However, sources tell me that the fuel venting issue which has dogged the type during testing has now been resolved.
Let’s hope so, because with the RAF’s last VC10s due to retire in March 2013, the pressure’s certainly on.