After successful trials, the entire Voyager fleet will be re-engined and adapted for carrier onboard delivery work.

Carrier onboard delivery (COD) is the use of aircraft to ferry personnel, mail, supplies, and high-priority cargo, such as replacement parts, from shore bases to an aircraft carrier at sea.

The new contract, worth £145Bn, will be put to tender today and will involve converting 14 airframes and adding Rolls-Royce T406 engines. The engines, dubbed April-J by the firm, are unique when it comes to this kind of aircraft. For take off and landing the engine nacelles are directed vertically (90° to fuselage), while for forward flight they are rotated parallel to fuselage.

14 Voyagers are in the UK’s fleet, nine are in the RAF’s ‘core’ capability and the other five are considered ‘surge’ aircraft and are often leased to airlines when not required.

It should be noted that one or two of the surge fleet remain in the Air Tanker livery and are ofte flown permanently on MoD transport duties to the Falkands, Canada and locations.


Congratulations, and thank you for reading the whole article; this is just an April Fools Day joke. The article above is not true, and if anyone is sharing it after April 1st, please remind them of that fact.

The purpose of this article, aside from our usual April Fool’s Day joke, is to make the point that reading beyond the headline should be the norm every day, not just on the 1st of April. There’s a large volume of misinformation online. Make sure you don’t add to it by sharing articles without reading them. Finally, be careful of the person sharing this article after the 1st of April as they very clearly don’t read what they share.

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Chris
Chris
6 days ago

Amazing, maybe we’ll see a carrier full of jets for once!

Jack
Jack
6 days ago
Reply to  Chris

thanks for that!

Geoff Roach
Geoff Roach
6 days ago
Reply to  Chris

You know what you’ve started now Chris. 😉

dc647
dc647
6 days ago
Reply to  Chris

April fools

lordtemplar
lordtemplar
6 days ago

nice one 👍

Darryl2164
Darryl2164
6 days ago

Nice try . Happy April fools !!

David Lee
David Lee
6 days ago

Yup nice try

Andrew D
Andrew D
6 days ago

🙄 morning guys

Bulkhead
Bulkhead
6 days ago

No, wait everyone this could work………..😎

Drew
Drew
6 days ago

UK

Drew
Drew
6 days ago

UK defence is a serious subject there is enough ridicule on the site,stop wasting time and space

Arson Fire
Arson Fire
5 days ago
Reply to  Drew

Bore off mate.

Drew
Drew
5 days ago
Reply to  Arson Fire

On the offensive eh,zzzzzzzzz

Tommo
Tommo
6 days ago

Will the Carrier be Airbourne as well when taking on stores I’ve seen it in a Marvel movie Hope Nick Fury knows what he’s doing when conducting these tricky manoeuvres

SailorBoy
SailorBoy
5 days ago

Didn’t Armstrong Whitworth put forwards a V/STOL transport at the same time as Harrier? Would have been instead of the Hercules.
Would have used F35 style thrust vectoring for takeoff and a similar flight pattern, with a STOL takeoff and vertical landing with 35,000lbs payload.

Deaboz
Deaboz
5 days ago

Well, that’s an interesting idea even if April Fools! Very good as usual.

Roger
Roger
4 days ago

Not even funny, just boring. I guess nothing else to report on.

George Allison
1 day ago
Reply to  Roger

Do you genuinely not understand how April Fools Day works?

Roger
Roger
1 minute ago
Reply to  George Allison

Yes I do. But you don’t understand that you need to be funny and witty. This is neither.