Too good not to share... Ex RAF Tristars to fly as tankers again for US Defense contractor. Story from Scramble Magazine... ”On 18 April 2019, TriStar Air, LLC, based at Newport News (VA) received a USD 121,4 million contract of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River (MD), to provide aerial refueling services in support of the US Department of the Navy, other US Department of Defense agencies, and Foreign Military Sales customers.
The contract will be fulfilled from Riverside (CA) and Brunswick (GA) but also from various locations outside the continental US, and is expected to be completed in April 2024. The contract was competitively procured, and Tristar Air, LLC was selected out of three offers.
Scramble has knowledge of six former Royal Air Force Tristars K1, KC1 and C2 that were transferred to the US civil aviation register. On 12 March 2018, Tempus Applied Solutions (with its headquarters in the USA in Williamsburg (VA) had acquired the following Lockheed L-1011s that were registered in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) register already on 12 May 2014:
N304CS (former RAF serial ZD948, model KC1), N309CS (ex ZD951, model K1), N405CS (ex ZD950, model KC1) and N705CS (ex ZD953, model KC1) tanker transport aircraft that are equipped with two hose and drogue refueling systems and N507CS (ex ZE704, model C2) and N703CS (ex ZE705, model C2) that are configured for passenger and limited cargo operations.
By April 2018, the aircraft were registered to Tristar Air LLC. Tempus Applied Solutions bougth the Tristars so they could be used in a civilian contractor role to military customers in the USA and NATO that have urgent requirements for air-to-air refueling services. The planes are still at Bruntingthorpe (UK). * see our earlier post about the subject: https://www.facebook.com/Scramblemagazine/posts/2133210700038786 ”
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