PICTURE: RAF stalwarts make Royal farewell

I was on a Eurostar train bound for Paris on Saturday at the same time as a flypast over central London, which coincided with the annual Trooping the Colour event and the Queen’s official birthday celebrations.

That’s not something we’d normally cover on The DEW Line, but the array of Royal Air Force types on show included one of the last major opportunities to see two of its air transport fleet’s true stalwarts from the last several decades in the air together. By the time the next event takes place in 2014, the Lockheed TriStar and Vickers VC10 shown in the great Crown Copyright image below will both have left service, replaced by Airbus A330 Voyager tanker/transports.

I’ll hope to see the pair airborne again at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford next month, where a Voyager is also likely to be on show. Due to bow out in late September, the VC10 in particular could provide one of the best sounds at the show.


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