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During a visit to the Royal Air Force's Waddington air base in Lincolnshire late last week, I was told that the service's first RC-135W Rivet Joint will be touching down in the UK in October or November this year.
To be operated by the personnel of 51 Sqn, the UK's "RJs" will be identical in configuration to the examples flown by the US Air Force's 55th Wing from Offutt AFB in Nebraska. Indeed, the allies already fly joint missions on the latter, under a long-term collaboration agreement, and more than 100 UK personnel have been trained to date.