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RAF TriStar

An air-to-air refueller and transport aircraft that has helped keep the RAF airborne for three decades will take part in a unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet at this summer's Air Tattoo.

Operated by No 216 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, the Lockheed TriStar performs air transport and air-to-air refuelling roles and can also operate in the aeromedical evacuation role, including the option of installing a full stretcher fit if required for the repatriation of casualties.

The aircraft, which is being replaced by the A330 Voyager, will fly with its successor and other aircraft in the RAF's tactical airlift fleet including the C-130 Hercules, C-17, VC-10 and A400M.

The TriStar previously saw airline service when they were owned by British Airways and Pan Am and were purchased by the RAF in the early 1980s.

“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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