On Friday 29 May 2009, some 105 members of the 10 Sqn Association, at RAF Brize Norton for its 25th Anniversary visit, were able to fly on a 3hr 50 min AAR sortie, on a North Sea towline off Newcastle. The aircraft used was XV105, originally a 10 Sqn aircraft. It was paired that morning with a Tristar of 216 Sqn, and both shared the trade available, Tornado GR4s and Typhoons, followed by the VC10 getting in a bit of mutual refuelling from the Tristar, so ensuring that the crews ticked plenty of training boxes. Many thanks, as ever, to OC 101 Sqn and his personnel for their fulsome support of these visits.
For the record, my logbook reveals that my last encounter with XV105 had been in January 1978, when we had to carry out a 3-engine ferry from Khartoum to Akrotiri, followed by a weather Diversion into Luton on the way back to the UK. Things went much more smoothly on Friday!