The RAF Voyager aircraft used by the Prime Minister and the royal family has returned to the skies following its Union flag makeover.
The plane helped RAF Lightning and Typhoon fighters to refuel during Exercise Crimson Ocean, a joint exercise between the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, as shown in pictures released by the Ministry of Defence.
RAF Voyager returned to its base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire this week after it was painted red, white and blue at Cambridge Airport.
The new-look plane was airborne for most of Friday, and once again took up its primary role of offering air-to-air refuelling - acting as a ‘petrol station in the sky’.
Voyager - an Airbus A330 jet - is also used in order to transport the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and members of the royal family to a range of official engagements abroad.
Downing Street said that the repaint, which it confirmed cost “around £900,000”, has meant that the plane will be better placed to represent the UK around the world with “national branding”.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “That incorporates the cost of creating the design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role.”
“At every stage we have worked to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer and all of the work has been undertaken in the UK, directly benefiting British suppliers.”
Voyager, which was repurposed for use by the UK government in 2015 at a cost of £10 million, was previously painted grey, and was first used to transport then-Prime Minister David Cameron and other ministers to a Nato summit in Poland.