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According to a post on RAF Lossiemouth's FB page RAF Lossiemouth | Facebook Three VC10s are to perform a flypast of all RAF bases before retirement on the 28th August! I thought the OSD was March 2013? Or has this been brought 'quietly' forward..?
RAFM Cosford is scheduled to get a VC10 fly in for retirement. Dont know which one or when; and I sincerely hope that its longevity is somewhat better than the last (BA) VC10 to adorn the lawn at Cosford. I heard a rumour that Duxfords BOAC VC10 may be for the chop due to corrosion; perhaps it has been earmarked for replacement.
As VC10 replacement just mentioned, have Cobham released any planned delivery dates for the 2 aircraft they are struggling to convert at Bournemouth? Originally both were meant to be delivered the end of July 2012, but at this rate no wonder the VC10 will remain in AAR role for a year or so. Is the 28th the only date they can get 3 frames serviceable?
Appears no replacement in near future as Voyager- 2 stuck in Bournemouth, No AAR, No ETOPS, No VIP/Royal trips-no cabin fit, No In Theatre due lack of required equipment. Only good for the odd trip to Cyprus, and every time I fly over Boscombe the other one seems to be sitting there! TriStar struggling as well, multiple cancelled trips due serviceability or lack of.
The Nimrod at Cosford went there on a truck. HQ 2 Gp would not countenance use of MOS to land a Nimrod (of either flavour) at Cosford - perfectly sensibly IMHO!
If it can be shown that the VC10 has the perfomance to safely land at Cosford then it may be flown there; if not, then it won't (I suspect). The runway at Cosford is very short (unless you are flying a Tutor)!
Regardless, I hope that the RAF Museum at Cosford gets a VC10 for display.