One of the largest transport planes in the world has helped deliver a P-8A Poseidon aircraft simulator to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.
The Antonov AN-124 touched down at Glasgow Prestwick Airport from Florida, handing over a second operational flight trainer for use at the upgraded airbase.
Lorries will transport the 9.5-tonne simulator the remainder of the journey to RAF Lossiemouth by Friday evening.
"Its size makes it too big to be transported by any RAF aircraft,” said Mark Corden, Project Manager for Training in the Poseidon delivery team at Defence Equipment and Support.
"The Antonov is one of only a few aircraft in the world large enough to carry it."
Training scenarios will be replicated using the kit, reducing the training costs for the submarine-hunter jets.
The simulators are "exact replicas of the aircraft cockpit and will incorporate very high-definition visual display systems", Mr Corden added.
The strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth is more than 33,000 square metres in size and also has accommodation for two squadrons.
Electronic classrooms will also be available, as part of wider base refurbishments costing more than £400 million.
Equipped with sensors and weapons systems designed for anti-submarine warfare, the P-8As will also carry out surveillance and search and rescue missions, according to the RAF.
The new-look base in Moray is expected to house all nine maritime patrol aircraft by the end of this year.
Cover image: Antonov AN-124 in Glasgow (Picture: RAF/Twitter).