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Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Lord Tebbit Lord Tebbit Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Air Force transport and tanker aircraft are (a) more than 40 years old, (b) between 30 and 40 years old, (c) between 20 and 30 years old, (d) between 10 and 20 years old, and (e) less than 10 years old.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Defence and Security) (also in the Ministry of Defence), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Royal Air Force transport fleet comprises C-17, Hercules C-130J/K, Tristar, VC-10, HS 125, BAe 146 and Augusta A109E aircraft. The air refuelling aircraft are Tristar and VC-10.

The age of these aircraft are listed in the following table:

Age of Aircraft Numbers of Aircraft
More than 40 years old 28
Between 30 and 40 years old 10
Between 20 and 30 years old 8
Between 10 and 20 years old 24
Less than 10 years old 9

First deliveries of the transport aircraft A400M are expected to commence in 2014. The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft will be introduced to service in 2011.

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David Wright
Posted on 19 Jan 2010 5:58 pm (Report this annotation)

All due respect to the august Baroness, but shouldn't the aircraft to which she refers be 'Agusta'?