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RAF Airbus A330 Voyager

The RAF's newest and largest aircraft, the Airbus A330 tanker, will take part in a unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet at this summer's Air Tattoo.

Based at RAF Brize Norton, the A330 will fly with the C-130 Hercules, TriStar, C-17A, VC-10 and A400M in dramatic display of the RAF's tactical airlift capability.

The aircraft, which was officially named 'Voyager' at last summer's Air Tattoo by the then Secretary of State for Defence Dr Liam Fox, will be used in the aerial refuelling and transport role. The aircraft will replace the VC-10 and TriStar tanker jets over the coming years.

Based on the commercial Airbus A330 airliner, 'Voyager' has been converted by Airbus Military in their purpose-built Getafe facility near Madrid, Spain; further conversions for the RAF will be carried out by Cobham Aviation Services at Bournemouth International Airport.

The aircraft will bethe longest and widest aircraft in the RAF's fleet with a wing span of 60 metres. Voyager has been designed to carry a payload of up to 45 tonnes, which can include up to 291 passengers or 111 tonnes of fuel for its air-to-air refuelling or air transport missions.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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