Yes, I get that bit, flying boom and all that, but what am I missing here? RAF sources said the Rivet Joint can fly for up to ten hours without refuelling so commanders would rarely need to rely on their allies for assistance. But they said fitting the spy plane with RAF-friendly mid-air refuelling capabilities would have seen costs spiral 'astronomically' and delay the introduction of the aircraft for several years. One officer said: 'This is not the gold-standard but that was not possible in the time frame we wanted to have the planes in operation. Read more: Embarrassment for MoD as new £650million spy Airseeker planes cannot refuel in mid-air | Mail Online Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Hmmm, does he really mean someone dropped a bollock?