Today, 21st October 2020, a Royal Air Force British Aerospace BAe 146 C.3 ‘ZE708’ visited LMML for a short tech stop. Operated by 32 Squadron and based at Royal Air Force Northolt, in RAF service the BAe 146 is primarily tasked in the Command Support Air Transport role.
Two 146 variants are operational, the VIP-configured CC.Mk 2 and the Quick Change C.Mk 3, which can be rapidly converted between passenger and cargo configurations.
2 of each variant are operated with 32 Squadron.Purchased as a pair of ex-TNT 146-200QC aircraft in 2012, the C.Mk 3s entered service in 2013 after modifications, including the addition of a DAS (Defensive Aids System), for RAF service. They have made a considerable contribution to tactical airlift capability, taking on missions that might otherwise have taken larger aircraft off their primary tasking.