RAF Voyager and F-35 Air To Air Refuelling
On April 15, 2016, the RAF deployed a Voyager aircraft to US Naval Air Station Patuxent River in support of F-35B Lightning II Air to Air Refuelling (AAR) trials.
Approximately 20 flights are scheduled during the test period, of which 5 have been successfully completed to date, with the final flight scheduled during mid-June.
The trials will include a number of AAR flights to assess both the Wing pods and the Fuselage Refuelling Unit (central refuelling point). The flight tests will initially be conducted as ‘dry contacts’ before moving into ‘fuel passing’ at various points throughout the flight envelope.