#1502 A400M Atlas, Voyager KC3
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. 1502 - A400M Atlas and Voyager KC3, 1312 Flight, Mount Pleasant, Falkland Islands. 1312 Flight was formed on 19 April 1944 at RAF Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan, operating DC-3 Dakota aircraft as part of No. 46 Group, Transport Command. The Flight was disbanded on 21 July 1944 when all personnel, aircraft & equipment were transferred to the 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force. A transport air support flight within Transport Command was later established as a separate unit at RAF Abingdon, and from 14 September 1954 was known as 1312 (Transport Support) Flight. It operated Hastings (T) aircraft until it was disbanded at Abingdon on 1 April 1957. The Flight was reformed at RAF Stanley on 1 September 1983 from the existing Hercules Detachment which itself had formed in July 1982. The Flight operated two Hercules C Mk1K tanker aircraft and moved to RAF Mount Pleasant after construction of the runway in 1986. The Hercules tanker aircraft were withdrawn from service on 1 April 1996, and were replaced on 1312 Flight by a VC10 K Mk4 tanker aircraft and a Hercules C Mk3 transport aircraft. The Hercules C Mk3 aircraft performed the 1st paratroop drop on the Falkland Islands on 27 October 2002, dropping troops from the Parachute Regiment onto Goose Green as part of the 20th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict. The Hercules C Mk3 was replaced with a C Mk5 variant in April 2010. In October of 2013 the VC10 K Mk4 was replaced by a TriStar K Mk1 of 216 Squadron which, in turn, was replaced by a Voyager KC Mk3 in February 2014. The Voyagerâ€™s primary role is to provide a QRA tanker aircraft for air-to-air refueling in support of the Typhoon FGR Mk4s of 1435 Flight. This enables the Typhoons to fly extended sorties, in terms of both time and distance from the operating base, thus increasing their capabilities. In March 2018, coinciding with RAF100 celebrations, the Airbus A400M arrived to take over from the Hercules C Mk5 which departed in early April 2018. On 1312 Flight, the A400M will take on the various roles of the Hercules. This includes Maritime Reconnaissance, covering the large areas of sea around the Falkland Islands. All vessels within the designated areas are reported and if possible, visually identified & photographed. Many of these vessels are trawlers belonging to the fishing fleets of Poland, Taiwan, Japan & Russia. A further role of the A400M is Search & Rescue, the aircraft provides a stable platform for conducting long-range searches, with the capability to drop survival equipment to survivors and to maintain top cover for Search & Rescue helicopters that may be operating some distance from their base. In addition, either aircraft can be used for compassionate & medical evacuation flights, thus providing an emergency lifeline to the South American mainland.