RAF TriStars find new owners

Tempus Applied Solutions based in Williamsburg, Virginia, announced on March 12, 2018, it had finalised the acquisition of six Lockheed L-1011 TriStar tanker and transport aircraft formerly operated by Royal Air Force’s No.216 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Four of the aircraft (TriStar KC1s ZD948, ZD950, ZD953 and K1 ZD951) are specifically configured for air-toair refuelling operations and two (TriStar C2s ZE704 and ZE705) for passenger and cargo operations only. Following the disbandment of No.216 Squadron on March 20, 2014, and the final operational TriStar sortie on March 24, 2014, the aircraft have been in open storage at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire. Ian Harding