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Images of the day – A330 MRTT refuels A400M

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 17, 2014
The Voyager and A400M as seen from the EF-18M chase plane. (Airbus Defence & Space)
The Voyager and A400M as seen from the EF-18M chase plane. (Airbus Defence & Space)

Airbus Defence and Space has released a series of images of a Royal Air Force A330 MRTT Voyager refuelling an A400M transport over southern Spain.

Taken from what appears to be a Spanish Air Force EF-18M chase plane, the refuelling was one of a series conducted over four days during which the A400m received 80 tonnes of fuel in 100 wet contacts.

The RAF’s Voyager is fitted with a centreline hose and drogue refuelling system as opposed to the boom system used by RAAF, Saudi and UAE KC-30A and A330 MRTTs.

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Another view of the Voyager and A400M refuelling trial. (Airbus Defence & Space)
Another view of the Voyager and A400M refuelling trial. (Airbus Defence & Space)

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3 Comments

  • adammudhen

    says:

    Great pictures, I can’t wait to see one of the RAAF’s hooked up to one of our C-17s.

  • Leo

    says:

    their the whales of the sky

  • Michael

    says:

    I wonder how easy it would be to engineer a boom receiver above the cockpit of the A400m like the C-17 does? Or are the wing refuelling pods on the a330 capable of tanking up the A400M? I think the wingpods have a lesser maximum flow rate is that correct? I imagine some of these questions may come up should the RAAF consider acquiring the A400M in future as the C-130Js approach retirement age.

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Images of the day – A330 MRTT refuels A400M

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 17, 2014
The Voyager and A400M as seen from the EF-18M chase plane. (Airbus Defence & Space)
The Voyager and A400M as seen from the EF-18M chase plane. (Airbus Defence & Space)

Airbus Defence and Space has released a series of images of a Royal Air Force A330 MRTT Voyager refuelling an A400M transport over southern Spain.

Taken from what appears to be a Spanish Air Force EF-18M chase plane, the refuelling was one of a series conducted over four days during which the A400m received 80 tonnes of fuel in 100 wet contacts.

The RAF’s Voyager is fitted with a centreline hose and drogue refuelling system as opposed to the boom system used by RAAF, Saudi and UAE KC-30A and A330 MRTTs.

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Another view of the Voyager and A400M refuelling trial. (Airbus Defence & Space)
Another view of the Voyager and A400M refuelling trial. (Airbus Defence & Space)

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3 Comments

  • adammudhen

    says:

    Great pictures, I can’t wait to see one of the RAAF’s hooked up to one of our C-17s.

  • Leo

    says:

    their the whales of the sky

  • Michael

    says:

    I wonder how easy it would be to engineer a boom receiver above the cockpit of the A400m like the C-17 does? Or are the wing refuelling pods on the a330 capable of tanking up the A400M? I think the wingpods have a lesser maximum flow rate is that correct? I imagine some of these questions may come up should the RAAF consider acquiring the A400M in future as the C-130Js approach retirement age.

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