Skipness One Echo
3rd May 2012, 23:27
My blood ran cold when I saw someone ask this in the Spectators Balcony. Now I was at Cosford the weekend they began scrapping the BA collection and I would rather not have my heart broken twice. I know one RAF airframe is earmarked for Cosford but are Duxford really thinking of scrapping the only preserved Super VC10?
4th May 2012, 08:44
Well that's spoiled my Friday morning. Someone from DAS please tell me this is not true! I have a very personal connection to the VC10 and this would be an absolute tragedy if it happened.
5th May 2012, 12:06
Insanity at its lowest level.
5th May 2012, 12:26
I hope this is not true, the Super VC10 is my favourite plane as you can tell from my name.
They will start scrapping Concords next I reckon. Bashttp://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/censored.gifs
I'd rather see them scrap a couple of Concordes before they look at the 10!
5th May 2012, 23:43
Sadly this is the almost inevitable fate of any aircraft left out in the weather unmaintained for years. There are plenty of similar cases in museums rotting quietly back into the earth. Duxford can't go rebuilding corroded VC10's can it?
Skipness One Echo
6th May 2012, 00:32
Is there no hope of ever seeing the Duxford airliners hangared?
The Comet at East Fortune looked like a scrap job when I saw it in 1988 and it's still there!
I'd rather see them scrap a couple of Concordes
Comet at East Fortune looked like a scrap job
After one of the Air Shows at East Fortune I happened to speak to a fairly senior person.
I'd mentioned that the Concorde display was impressive but it was a pity there wasn't any money to put the Comet under cover too - especially as it was actually a 'rarer' aircraft.
The senior person said money had been spent on Concorde because the general public were interested in it.
I suppose they have to get people to visit.
A significant factor in the economics must be Local Authorities. Frankly, museums should be exempted from Rates of any description anyway, as they are non-profit/charities etc. Even when they are empty, buildings can attract vast demands from rapacious councils. I've seen many perfectly good buildings have had to be demolished because of this. It's complete and total insanity, especially when a large part of proceeds go to fund things that Councils should have bugger-all to do with in the first place. :ugh:
3rd Jun 2012, 21:03
Well the most they will pay will be 20%, from HM Revenue & Customs: Charities and tax: the basics (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/tax/basics.htm#5)
Charity business rates relief
Your charity is also entitled to relief from business rates - you pay no more than 20 per cent on any non-domestic property which is used for charitable purposes. For more information contact your local authority.
4th Jun 2012, 18:54
It's interesting that this topic keeps popping up, has anyone bothered asking DAS or somebody at Duxford about this already? Just saying that it might be nothing more than an unfounded rumour.
4th Jun 2012, 21:15
No. Duxford / DAS are not going to scrap the VC-10.!
4th Jun 2012, 22:21
What's the big deal with Duxfords VC10? perhaps I'm wrong but aren't here many other ex Crab examples still in almost perfect nick that could b put into civvy paint to give the type another 20 yrs festering in the open before corrosion raises this same daft question? If we really want to preserve these things then we must Put them under cover, if we can't be bothered to do that then we must consider them expendable.
pretty basic, isn't it?