Voyager has successfully completed its first air-to-air refuelling sortie.
Taking off from RAF Brize Norton, ZZ331 completed its first operational air-to-air refuelling (AAR) flight over the North Sea on Monday 20th May.
It comes after Voyager was given the green light to begin AAR with Tornado by the Ministry of Defence on Thursday 16th May.
Phill Blundell, CEO of AirTanker, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved a significant milestone against the programme, something that has been made possible by the hard work of all of those involved. It represents another important step towards full service capability.”
With Voyager expected to get the go-ahead to refuel Typhoon later this summer, the build-up of operational capability continues at pace.
Voyager 04, the first of seven three-point capable tankers flew into RAF Brize Norton at the end of April. We will take receipt of Voyager 05 later this month [May], with Voyager 06, expected around the middle of the year.