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RAF VC10 - Great Memories

Old 19th Sep 2013, 20:38
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The BOAC double engine failure was on take off from JFK - one went bang and took t'other out. Max all up weight and an arse puckering ride round Jamaica Bay before a safe landing. (See post 358 on Misc. Forums - PPRuNe Forums).
If you're going to refer to a post, Ube, it's useful to read it, together with any replies.

The event you refer to was not a full double engine failure (there were others involving BOAC VC10s that certainly were).
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Old 19th Sep 2013, 20:48
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ZA150 needs to go tech and divert into Kinloss
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 01:02
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Overflight of Stanley on last flight back to UK - 2 Sep 13. Not my pic so have posted a link.

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/...29734697_n.jpg
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 01:27
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So, are any of you pukes going to the 'VC10 End Of An Era' dinner in Witney, today, Friday 20 September? Last one in the bar is a big girl's blouse! See you there!

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 06:22
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Wish I could make it

Somebody make sure they get some pics on here of the last flight please

P.S. Good luck to all involved in the flights. I hope it all goes really well and the final celebrations are equal to the fantastic service the this most beautiful aircraft and all those that have flown or worked on her.

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 07:32
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Signing off.

BBC News - Vickers VC10 jetliners fly last mission from RAF Brize Norton
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 07:41
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BEagle old chap ... If you've been invited to hop over the fence and pop down to Brize today ... Some pics would be great
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 09:56
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As a senior FE Instructor on the TriStar posted to the VC10 in January 2000, it was no secret that my own opinion of the VC10 was that it was well past its 'sell by ' date even then. I also found it rather "strange" the manner in which the Flight Deck crew operated. In my opinion I found it rather 'old school' shall we say. Notwithstanding the above, I had a great deal of fun on my tour there (C Mk 1 only) and would like to add that 10 Sqn could certainly teach a lesson to two to others about man management. Although delighted to return to the TriStar in 2003 I would like to pass on my thanks and best wishes to all the good friends I made during my time on the aircraft. I had a ball, had some great laughs, met some super guys and girls - and broke down in places I hadn't even heard of. I had the honour of flying with some real gents whose opinion I greatly respected.
Good luck to you all and possibly see some of you at Eynsham Hall in November.
P.S. I can be at Brize within two and a half hours. I have a chainsaw if any help is needed.......
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 10:14
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As a former GR1/4 driver, I have great memories of the Funbus; Dets,Tanking, Airshows and the like. Took me to some great places and some that were sh!te. Met and worked with some great crews who were ever flexible and professional in trying circumstances - my thanks to all who operated the VC10.

The last great aircraft with draughtsman's curves.

A sad day.

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 10:16
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Both VC10Ks now airborne on their last operational sorties....
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 10:30
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Is there a way to track these on flightradar 24?
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 10:50
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Live Air Traffic radar | Heathrow Airport Information

MADRAS 53 - currently in the Lichfield Radar Corridor as MADRS53
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 11:18
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Sorry to be nerdy but it's showing MADRS53 as a Voyager...?

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 11:57
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It also shows the platform belonging to 'Maple Air Services' which is clearly false....

The data shown (beyond callsign) isn't necessarily accurate. If anyone here does know the c/s of either of the 'Vickers Funbus' it might provide confirmation.
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 12:07
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OB, I think you're right. MADRS53 is flowing back via the Lich RC after tanking in TL8. Probably Voyager after all.

Does VC10 carry ADS-B? If not, it probably accounts for not showing on the various radar sites online.
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 12:38
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What rankles with me is Moravia at Kinloss wanted to give one a home and though they tried to raise the funds they never made it, so a part of our heritage will be scrapped for peanuts.

Currently posted on the Flypast forums..

This has come through from BAPC Secretary and is reproduced with his blessing:

A Boeing 727 has been offered free to a good home by DHL.

All you need is a runway capable of landing an aircraft of this size.

This is very urgent and needs to be agreed by the end of next week before its airworthiness runs out.

Delivery will also be free and the aircraft is in a cargo role so if you are interested, please contact me as quickly as possible.

Brian


email Brian Dixon - secretarybapc at btconnect.com (insert @ in place of "at")

Roger Smith.

Sort of puts the UK PLC to shame.
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 15:36
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Well i am very sad today

But I would like to say a big thank you to everybody that has contributed to this thread and kept it here on the front page to the day of the last flight.

Some absolutely facinating stories

A great tribute to a great and wonderful aircraft

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 16:57
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I only had a three year association with the "10", but it remains in my mind as a lovely, sleek, powerful machine that performed a variety of roles for a large percentage of service personnel and their families, (regardless of whether they were light blue, dark blue , green, brown or sometimes no discernible uniform at all shhhhhh!), over the last forty several years.

Happy memories. Bloody good fun to fly on when practically empty too! All that available power and minimal payload...
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Old 20th Sep 2013, 17:21
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Ah the VC10, the first (and hopefully last!) aircraft I qualified as a trolley dolly on. I remain proud of this unexpected qualification that adorns the front of my logbook with pride.

The VC10 crowd made me feel very welcome and I just about met their demands for feeding as we jollied around most of the friendly airports in South America. The pinny with my rank on it was a nice touch. Never did get used to all the paperwork and I think I tried the patience of 1 or 2 customs agents!

Great aircraft, great crews, great service (when I was on the other end of the basket) and great times!

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Old 20th Sep 2013, 17:29
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The old girl deserves a decent send-off. I wonder how many of those who designed and built her, left despondent when BOAC more-or-less washed their hands of her - despite being designed to their spec - would have thought that she'd rack up a total of 50 years in the air nonetheless?

Much kudos to the RAF crews who flew her and kept her flying for that time, and allowing one of the most timeless airliner designs in history a chance to prove the doubters wrong.
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