Air International 1983-02
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??? - Hercules in the RAF ... the Falklands and beyond
The first Hercules C Mk 1(K) tanker conversion, photographed on the initial refuelling contact with a Buccaneer on 21 June.
The second tanker, XV201, refuelling a probed Nimrod during trials at Boscombe Down on 29 July.
A Hercules C Mk 1 in the standard configuration prior to "Operation Corporate". Of the 66 Hercules acquired by the RAF, only 11 are expected to remain in this unmodified form beyond 1985, according to present plans.
A rear view of the Hercules C Mk 1(K) before delivery from Cambridge Airport, where the work was undertaken by Marshall of Cambridge I Engineering) Lid. The HDU installation on the cargo ramp is such that the fuselage can remain pressurised when the drogue is not deployed.
Photographed at Wideawake airfield on Ascension Island on 21 May, Hercules XV179 was the second to befilled with a probe by Marshall of Cambridge and the first to have the Omega installation, being re-delivered to the RAF on 13 May. Sixteen C Mk Is are now in service in this configuration.
The first Lockheed Hercules C Mk1 fitted (by Marshall of Cambridge) with an air-to-air refuelling probe, takes on fuel from the first Hercules C Mk 1(K) tanker.
Hercules C Mk I(K) XV192 fourth and last of the tankers - refuels C Mk 1 XV187 - the ninth of 16 Hercules (apart from the tankers) fitted with probes by Marshall of Cambridge.
Hercules C Mk 3 XV202; none of the stretched aircraft has been fitted for AAR.
A close-up of the air-to-air refuelling probe on Hercules C Mk 1 XV200 (the first example so fitted), photographed on Ascension Island on 21 May 1982.
The Hose Drum Unit - a standard piece of RAF equipment - mounted on the rear cargo ramp.
The Hercules passes over the poles to pick up the load.
Photographs from inside the Hercules C Mk 1 XV214 during trials of the air snatch equipment, showing (left) the grappling hook being let out and (right) the load being winched in.
The Hercules tankers are also fitted with probes to receive fuel from other tankers. Here, the first tanker is engaged in receiver trials.
View from the flight deck of a probed Hercules as it formates on another Hercules
View from the flight deck of a probed Hercules as it formates on a Vulcan K Mk 2.
Hercules C Mk 1 XV200 (the first example so fitted) in contact with the first C Mk 1(K) tanker (XV296) during trials at the A&AEE, Boscombe Down, on 24 June.
The first Hercules C Mk 1(K) tanker conversion, photographed on the initial refuelling contact with a Buccaneer on 21 June.
The second tanker, XV201, refuelling a probed Nimrod during trials at Boscombe Down on 29 July.
Three days after delivery to the A&AEE on 29 April, the first probed Hercules is shown in refuelling trials with a Victor K Mk 2.
Lockheed Hercules C Mk 3
Hercules C Mk 3
Three days after delivery to the A&AEE on 29 April, the first probed Hercules is shown in refuelling trials with a Victor K Mk 2.
View from the flight deck of a probed Hercules as it formates on a Vulcan K Mk 2.