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A330 MRTT completes first contacts for RAF

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 6, 2011
The Tornado makes a dry contact with the FSTA. (Airbus Military)

An Airbus Military A330 MRTT Future Strategic Transport Aircraft (FSTA) for the RAF has completed its first contacts with a Tornado as part of a program to formally qualify the Tornado to refuel from the FSTA in operational service.

The two aircraft performed a series of dry contacts near RAF Boscombe Down over late June/early July, with the Tornado executing contacts with the A330’s underwing hose-and-drogue pods’ baskets at altitudes between 10,000ft and 30,000ft and speeds of 250-325kt.

Wet contacts between both aircraft are expected to begin shortly.

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