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RAF VIP Transport - Envoy

Old 18th May 2022, 16:05
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RAF VIP Transport - Envoy IV

Latest aircraft into RAF fleet to be named Envoy IV | Royal Air Force (mod.uk)

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Old 18th May 2022, 16:34
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According to the longer Facebook post, it's 'Envoy IV', which is a bit weird

A new aircraft type to Royal Air Force service is to be named the ‘Envoy IV’ in a nod both to its crucial role in defence diplomacy and to previous Envoy aircraft in RAF service.
Two new Dassault 900LX aircraft have been purchased to replace the BAe146 aircraft that were withdrawn from Service in March. The new Envoy aircraft will be based at ]Royal Air Force Northolt with No 32 (The Royal) Squadron, initially under contract with Centreline AV Ltd. For the first two years, the aircraft will be operated by mixed crews of RAF and Centreline staff, before upgrading to a full military and operational capability in 2024.
Enhancing our international presence, deepening our current defence relationships, and building new ones, is critical to UK security. The new Envoy aircraft will transport members of The Royal Family, government and military leaders around the world more quickly and efficiently than before. The Envoy can fly further, faster, and more sustainably than the aircraft it replaces.
The name reflects the role of the aircraft in defence diplomacy and relationship building. The original Envoy aircraft in RAF service was known as the Envoy III. It was a twin-engine light transport aircraft, used by the RAF before and during World War 2 in the communications role; one of which served with the ‘King’ s Flight’ – a precursor to today’s No 32 (The Royal) Squadron.
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At least it wasn’t “Falcon L”…
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Old 18th May 2022, 16:50
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When it gets it’s military markings, will it become the Oxford?
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Old 18th May 2022, 17:12
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How many 'Royals' still fly out of Northolt? In my experience, the ones west of London tended to use Farnborough.
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When the OH was there in the late 80s it was 'a few' ... mainly ministerial traffic. Greeting at the aircraft steps depended on the personage ... as a sqn ldr she got the low end, quite often.
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