The RAF operates a number of Tristar aircraft in the
transport role from RAF Brize Norton. Three versions of the Tristar
aircraft, the K1, KC2 and C2/C2A are in RAF service.
The K1 aircraft is a dedicated tanker with a single fuelling point.
The KC1 version has a dual role as a transport aircraft and a tanker.
Provided with a side door it can carry 160 passengers and over 40 tons
of freight out to a range of 5,700 miles and when used as a tanker,
the aircraft can carry up to 136 tons of fuel.
Both tanker versions are capable of receiving fuel in-flight.
C2 and C2A aircraft retain the basic Tristar configuration of 265
seats (260 for passengers) with underfloor baggage space and can carry
up to 16 tons of freight. All versions are capable of operating in the
casualty evacuation role.
During operations in Afghanistan Tristar aircraft have been extremely
valuable in providing air-to-air refuelling for US Navy aircraft. The
boom refuelling system on US Air Force (KC-135) tankers is not
compatible with US Navy aircraft but the RAF’s drogue system is.
Tristar will be replaced from 2011 by the Future Strategic Tanker
Aircraft (FSTA) Airbus A330-200s.
Rolls-Royce RB211-524B4 turbofans
||8 x Tristar K1/KC1/C2/C2A
||RAF Brize Norton