In todays edition of “surely not”, Voice Britannia has learned that the ‘VIP Voyager’ Jet which Boris Johnson spent £900k to have repainted in the Union Jack colours; has been used in real operations by the RAF, supporting operations tracking Russian warships as they pass through the North Sea.
Over £900,000 of government money was spent on the refurb. The Prime Minister ordered the paint job as believed the Voyagers operational grey SKY CAMOUFLAGE, was ‘boring’. It is unclear whether the plane has been used by Boris Johnson, VIP’s or the Royal Family since the PM decided the RAF Voyager (ZZ336) was to be repainted in June this year.
Speaking to the Guardian in June this year, defence analyst Andy Netherwood said the “shiny red, white and blue livery means the RAF will be reluctant to use it outside the most benign airspace
“No one wants to go to war in a jet painted like a brightly coloured lollipop.”
It turns out the VIP Voyager (ZZ336) is still being used in RAF operations around the British coast. On Monday an RAF P-8A Poseidon was on its first real ‘prolonged’ operation – tracking the Russian Warship ‘Vasily Bykov’ as it sailed through the north sea. The P-8A was supported by two Typhoon Fighter Jets, and the Union Jack painted VIP Voyager ZZ336.
Since Boris Johnson spend £900k on the union jack paint job for the voyager; the jet does not seem to have been used for any VIP transport, and instead returned to help with patrols and training around the UK.
The painting of the VIP Voyager also has rendered the jet useless for many tasks. In emergencies, Voyager’s have previously been used to ferry troops to warzones and provide support to combat operations in the middle-east; which, needless to say, is a bad idea when your jet is painted in the most visible colour-scheme possible!
This all begs the question, WHY?
Why the heck did the PRIME MINISTER waste £900,000 to repaint this plane, removing the camouflage of an RAF jet – only to put the aircraft BACK into military service, in a way that means it can only be used in operations near the UK? And, why did he do all this without actually using the Jet he spaffed £900k on painting?
Voice Britannia contacted the MOD’s media team to confirm this story. I would like to thank them for answering these questions.