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Old 13th Apr 2013, 22:50   #1 (permalink)
 
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RAF TriStar Retirement and A330 Into Service

Hey chaps (and chapesses!), had a good old google but does someone have a retirement timetable for the TriStar?
T'internet seems to think two stored at Cambridge and remainder still flying. What's this weeks plan for retirement for the L1011?

Also I make it 14 Airbuses on order with only six built thus far so are we expecting a gap in capability? What with the VC10 going as well?

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Old 14th Apr 2013, 05:34   #2 (permalink)
 
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I did hear last week that its the back end of next year for the Tristar now but an unconfirmed rumour.

UK MoD reviews retirement plans for RAF transports, tankers

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Use of the TriStar will continue beyond a planned July 2013 end date until March 2014, for an additional cost of 7 million, the NAO says. This would be just two months before the AirTanker consortium is scheduled to declare full capability with a new fleet of Airbus A330 Voyagers, three of which are already in use in the passenger transport role. Release to service approval for the incoming type to begin in-flight refuelling activities is "imminent", AirTanker says.
The imminent is still rolling but they've changed 'their baskets' that didnt work for 'our' baskets that did (apparently - according to a reliable source).

VC10 exit September 2013 ish -
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