Voyager tankers have refuelled an inbound aircraft inside the Arctic Circle after it declared an emergency it has been revealed.

Voyager, the RAF designation for the Airbus A330 MRTT, began air-to-air refuelling flights and made its first operational tanker flight in May 2013. The UK operates a total of 14 Voyager aircraft, 5 of which are leased for commercial purposes when not required.

It is understood that the Ministry of Defence used satellites with infra-red sensors to track the aircraft, the heat from an animals red nose was clearly visible.

It has also been made clear in the last few moments the refuelling operation has now concluded and additional Typhoon aircraft have been scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to begin escorting the cargo aircraft over every British city, town and village but it is understood that the aircraft has only been cleared to fly over the homes of good boys and girls, it is expected the aircraft will enter our airspace not a moment before midnight.

In addition to fuel, the Voyager aircraft has also transferred over some biscuits and a large quantity of Brandy.


  1. For the technically minded, the craft was running low on Mince Pies and Sherry. I understand that it now has enough to last until it reaches the next stop on it’s journey.


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