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What do you think of the new Government paintjob on VIP aircraft ZZ336 (G-VYGG) ?

:clap: LOVE IT! The best!
5
14%
:thumbup: Like it!
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35%
:think: It's alright, but it's growing on me.
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38%
:wtf: What the...?!
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8%
:evil: HATE it.
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5%
:roll: Whatever... I don't care.
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Total votes: 37

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby Pseudo » 25 Jun 2020, 18:15

downsizer wrote:No it doesn't. It's vile.

Take away the United Kingdom bit and it's passable.

I don't mind the design at all but having "United Kingdom" emblazoned across it in gold is a bit crap. It should just have "Royal Air Force" in dark grey like the other Voyager's.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby topman » 25 Jun 2020, 18:25

I think that either the tail portion needs toning down or more detail on the fuselage. A bit too much contrast between the two.
If it had to be UK written it should have been in a dark blue.
Other than that it's OK, not great but not terrible either.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SKB » 25 Jun 2020, 18:37

Ron5 wrote:Can someone who knows how, do a poll so we can get a headcount?

Done. Poll added to thread ^ :thumbup:

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby serge750 » 25 Jun 2020, 18:38

Maybe the wavy blue line should turn into the lightning strike ala a330, agree the united kingdom should be in navy blue or black, I would also put a smaller union flag in front of the uk or near the radome,

But not to shabby, but l think it could very easily confused with a BA plane?

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 25 Jun 2020, 18:48

https://www.raf.mod.uk/news/articles/vi ... obal-role/

The aircraft, known as Vespina and also often referred to as 'ZZ336' which is its military registration number, was previously visually indistinguishable from the rest of the Operational Voyager Fleet. This external paint scheme will better reflect its VIP mission and contribution to ‘Global Britain’. The paintwork concludes a refurbishment stemming from the 2015 SDSR.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SKB » 25 Jun 2020, 19:30


(Forces TV) 25th June 2020
The RAF Voyager which has been given a £900,000 paint job has landed at Brize Norton. The aircraft, which is used to transport the Prime Minister, royals and senior cabinet ministers, has gone from grey to bright white, with a Union Flag on the aircraft's tail. The words 'United Kingdom' have also been printed on the fuselage in gold. The aircraft flew from Cambridge to RAF Brize Norton earlier today.


ZZ336 "Vespina" has arrived back at RAF Brize Norton. Video:
https://videopress.com/v/VaEbx3wm

Trivia: Vespina is a genus of moths of the family Incurvariidae.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby abc123 » 25 Jun 2020, 20:33

SKB wrote:ZZ336 "Vespina" has arrived back at RAF Brize Norton. Video:
https://videopress.com/v/VaEbx3wm

Trivia: Vespina is a genus of moths of the family Incurvariidae.


Vespina??

OMFG :lol: :lol: :roll:
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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby RAF>FAN » 25 Jun 2020, 20:34

I agree about the BA comment above but I do think that now we are striking out as an independent United Kingdom we should have a VIP aircraft that clearly shows who, what and where we are on the world stage. Flying the flag is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby dmereifield » 25 Jun 2020, 21:15

It is a bit too "BA" and agree that the UK text should be darker. Nothing to be ashamed of though, having the flag on the Premier's plane, the US, French, Dutch, German etc do as well

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 26 Jun 2020, 17:24


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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby Jensy » 26 Jun 2020, 18:02

SW1 wrote:https://twitter.com/garethjennings3/status/1276550974346231810?s=21


Ron5 wrote:
Jensy wrote:There's two


I count six!


Now up to ten!

There's one atop each wing as well as those underneath, two each side of the nose, and four tiny ones included in the 'RAF logos'.

Have to say, it looks pretty good in the air and the design is growing on me. Can't wait to see it with the Red Arrows.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby Ron5 » 26 Jun 2020, 18:31

Jensy wrote:
SW1 wrote:https://twitter.com/garethjennings3/status/1276550974346231810?s=21


Ron5 wrote:
Jensy wrote:There's two


I count six!


Now up to ten!

There's one atop each wing as well as those underneath, two each side of the nose, and four tiny ones included in the 'RAF logos'.

Have to say, it looks pretty good in the air and the design is growing on me. Can't wait to see it with the Red Arrows.


6 Union flags and 2 Crowns?

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 26 Jun 2020, 19:39

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SKB » 26 Jun 2020, 19:40




^ For all those people who've said that the Union Flag has been painted backwards or upside-down on ZZ336's starboard (right) side....

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby Dahedd » 27 Jun 2020, 12:16

I really like it bar the golden United Kingdom, its just too much. That should have been in Black or Navy, & possibly just said Royal Air Force.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby serge750 » 27 Jun 2020, 18:09

Growing on me a lot more especially seeing her refueling F35 and Tiffies :D :D :D

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby shark bait » 29 Jun 2020, 08:38

Yeah that refuelling picture is shit hot!
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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SKB » 29 Jun 2020, 12:23


(AIRBOYD) 26th June 2020
Following the arrival of the RAF VIP Voyager to its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, post the completion of its smart new paint scheme, the aircraft returned to its primary role supporting operational training today acting as a ‘petrol station in the sky’ offering Air-to-Air refuelling (AAR) to RAF Lightning and Typhoon fighters during Exercise CRIMSON OCEAN.

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SKB » 04 Jul 2020, 18:28


Russian pilots were allegedly blinded by Vespina's new brilliant-white fuselage and dazzling tail art. :mrgreen:

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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby Caribbean » 04 Jul 2020, 22:30

Or perhaps they were thinking "the Brits are so strapped for cash, they are using BA as interceptors"
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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby shark bait » 06 Jul 2020, 09:59

Its steeling the limelight from the Typhoons! They often post pictures of the fast jets on QRA, but rarely the tanker, that's a good thing for the RAF.
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Re: Airbus A330 Voyager (MRTT) (RAF)

Postby SW1 » 07 Jul 2020, 17:12

A walk thru of how airbus converts an A330 to an A330 MRTT

https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/stories ... ocess.html


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