VC10 and TriStar Support Operations
Royal Air Force VC10 and TriStar air-to-air refuelling aircraft from RAF Brize Norton supported overnight operations (March 19) against targets in Libya, as part of the enforcement of UN Security Council Resolution 1973. They accompanied RAF Tornado GR4 fast jets from RAF Marham that struck Libyans air defences, in the longest strike mission since the Black Buck operations during the Falklands conflict.
Wing Commander Kevin Brookes, officer commanding 101 Squadron, which flies the VC10 refuelling aircraft, took part in the operation. He said: "Today went very well. We had great support from Brize Norton today from all the departments that get us away from home base. It worked very well. Everybody pulled together, and it's been a fantastic and successful day for us."
The VC10 of 101 Sqn, who played a key role in the Falklands conflict, provided refuelling support to the fast jets on the route out, whilst the TriStar of 216 Sqn refuelled the jets both into and out of the area in support of Operation Ellamy.
Gp Capt Dom Stamp, Stn Cdr, on welcoming the aircraft and crews back into Brize Norton said: “This has been a tremendous effort from my team right across the Station. A massive amount of preparation and planning was required, in a relatively short space of time, to get our aircraft and crews ready to respond in support of the UN Security Council Resolution 1973”.
VC10 at RAF Brize Norton and GR4 refuelling on operations overnight.
Tornado refuelling with TriStar (stock image).
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Photography: SAC Neil Chapman/RAF/MOD Crown Copyright 2011.