The aircraft type you (probably) didn’t know the RAF flies

Those well-versed on the RAF may think they know all the aircraft types flown by the service, but there may be one which has evaded their attention lurking in deepest Nottinghamshire.

The aircraft type in question is a Robin DR400/180R, operated by the RAF’s Central Gliding School (CGS), which is part of 2 Flying Training School (FTS). The Robin, which has been in use by the RAF for over 20 years, is currently owned by Serco and has the civil registration G-BSSP. The light aircraft carries the aforementioned company’s name on the side and highlighting its military use, the 2 FTS badge and titling on the tail. The service states: “The Robin DR400/180R is a civil registered aircraft leased to the RAF, but operated under military regulations.” Robin G-BSSP performs a number of roles for the CGS: “It is used for aerotowing in order to give trainee instructors more airborne instructional time, and to deliver the Viking T1 to 2 Flying Training School locations around the UK, following depth maintenance. It is also used to transit aircrew between locations.”

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