Air International 1985-12
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??? - TriStar Tankers ... The RAF Goes Widebody
View of the first TriStar K Mk 1, ZD950, with refuelling hose and drogue deployed. The refuelling probe is removable and probably will be seldom used in routine RAF service. The finish, with white fuselage, natural metal wings and tail unit and blue trim, is standard for RAF transport aircraft.
View of the first TriStar K Mk 1, ZD950, with refuelling hose and drogue stowed.
One of the TriStars photographed at London Airport Heathrow shortly after its acquisition by the MoD, still in BA livery but with the military serial number ZD953 added.
ZD948 in an interim finish, with the British Airways livery removed and RAF fin flash added.
The first of the six ex-British Airways TriStars converted by Marshall of Cambridge Engineering, making its initial take-off at Cambridge on 9 July 1985. White this aircraft was being used to obtain CA approval at Boscombe Down, the second K Mk 1 conversion was expected to be delivered to No 216 Squadron at Brize Norton soon after this issue went to press.
Lockheed TriStar K Mk 1
TriStar KC Mk 1