The School’s convoy of vehicles was met at Brize Norton and all of the hard work in planning and preparation was proved by the way that booking in and processing all went to plan. By 0815hrs the aircraft was fuelled and loaded with all of the cadets and ready to go.
The weather on the ground looked grey and overcast with a blanket of cloud covering much of England. The passengers hoped that this would have no impact on the flight or affect the observations that we would be able to make.
Take off was impressively smooth and the Voyager from 10 Sqn, laden with fuel, curved up into the cloud-base and entered a new domain of bright clear blue skies and superb visibility. The air-to-air refuelling mission met with its first recipient aircraft over the North Sea. The sight of the Typhoons closing up and then behind the Voyager’s wings was incredible and unforgettable to anyone who has never witnessed it before.