> >From the article,
> >"Qualified UK personnel already fly alongside their US counterparts on
> >Rivet Joint operational missions."
> >To think I used to think it was weird when US Navy personnel flew RJ
> >missions. And, now that I think about it, wasn't there an Air Force guy
> >on the EP-3 that went down on Hainan?
> One assumes that the RAF/UK Rivet Joint crews will be much the same
> as the R1 Nimrod crews.
So, the RAF is getting rid of the elderly Nimrod airframes
for SIGINT, and replacing them with elderly 707/C-135
airframes for SIGINT?
Meanwhile, the RAF is buying new A330 MRTT airframes
(Voyager) for the tanker role: