Make way for the RJ

Today saw the arrival of the UK’s first RC-135 Rivet Joint surveillance aircraft at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. Thanks to AirSpace regular Sunshine Band for swiftly uploading this cracking shot of it, resplendent in its 51 Sqn markings.

Sunshine Band RC-135

With the RAF’s last Nimrod R1 having been retired in June 2011, ZZ664′s introduction to service during 2014 will be a welcome addition to its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance fleet. With Waddington also home to the Sentry, Sentinel and Shadow, and also the UK ground control station for its Reaper remotely piloted air system, it’s a busy place.┬áHere’s a Crown Copyright image of the arrival event also.

Rivet Joint arrives

You can read our news item about the RJ arrival elsewhere on Flightglobal; hopefully we’ll find out more about its introduction to service over the coming months.

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2 Responses to Make way for the RJ

  1. Sam 13 November, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Let’s hope they nickname it something better than that awful “Airseeker” title.

    • Craig Hoyle 13 November, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

      I believe that the RAF will just use the name Rivet Joint – Airseeker is now just used as the project name.

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