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RAF VC10 - Great Memories

Old 17th Jul 2013, 19:37
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Beags, just out of interest, do you know what the tail letters codes are for those last three KMk3s?
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 20:52
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ZA147 - F (ex 5H-MMT)
ZA148 - G (ex 5H-ADA)
ZA150 - J (ex 5H-MOG)
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Old 17th Jul 2013, 20:59
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And ZA150 had the extra 68psi switch in the cabin pressurisation ducting

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Old 18th Jul 2013, 08:21
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Thanks Beags, diverted to Bermuda on "Freddie" many moons ago. Happy memories!
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Old 19th Jul 2013, 13:15
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Nothing to do with the 'Queen of the Skies' directly but more about the tasking. I don't believe anyone has mentioned the Washington DC slip. Sunday champagne brunch etc. How many champagne brunch establishments were there? How many were we barred from? The fishbowls of beer down in Alexandria. I forget how many you had to drink before you got to keep the glass but I don't believe that anyone managed to get the glass back to the hotel in one piece. One of these days I will go back to the Air and Space museum and try to look around it without a hangover.

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Old 19th Jul 2013, 20:03
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Fort Myer was always good for a champagne brunch (in the O Club), but so were many other establishments down in Georgetown.
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Old 20th Jul 2013, 08:09
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Watched the VC10 arrive for RIAT 2013 yesterday. That may well be the last time I ever see her fly

I must admit that I am very surprised that there is no actual flying display of her during the show. I think it would have been a fitting tribute

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Old 20th Jul 2013, 10:31
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What is the latest out-of-service date?
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Thanks KF, I hope there is something significant planned to mark the event, the old girl has been in RAF service for nearly 50 years!
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Old 20th Jul 2013, 19:08
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And to put 50 years of service into context, the RAF Ten is an ageless classic, this was it's contemporary

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Old 20th Jul 2013, 20:41
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I have a picture of the first flight of the VC10, my grandfather was working at the airfield factory at the time, I am not sure if he is in the picture to be honest. The picture is showing the aircraft just after rotation and all the factory workers standing alongside the runway. I will be away the next few days, I will try to get a picture of it uploaded and put on here over the next week.

I am not sure, but I think this is the first Super VC10 flight as opposed to the Standard VC10s.

As a very young child I went to Weybridege with my grandfather and watched the cranes in the hangers and aircraft production in the late 60s, we also went to Wisley. It was this that partly inspired me into aviation and I did fly the VC10 later in my life. As a tribute to the many hours spent at LHR with my grandad on some Saturdays I now smile every time I land in LHR and wonder what it would have been like back in the 60s in the VC10, the halcyon days some would say.

Edit: I just went to look at the photo, it's an A5 photo and the registration is G-ASGA

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What sweet irony.

I was a 50th Entry brat and we became senior entry in September 64. Those ex-brats amongst us will remember that the senior entry went bananas on that day/night.

As part of our celebrations I had made a flag/poster out of a sheet exclaiming "Great things British". Obviously the 50th took pride of place but one of my examples was a drawing of an RAF VC 10 - then just about to come into service.

We have our 50th reunion in a few weeks time, September 2013. As I am travelling from Oz for the event hopefully I will catch a sight of one of the last flights from Brize as I pass by.

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Old 21st Jul 2013, 17:14
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I had a very pleasant meal with a new mate yesterday and he said he is going to attend the 50th anniversary reunion of 50th Entry Cosford soon. Is that the same course as you?
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 01:06
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Nope. Ours is the clk secs from Hereford.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 07:07
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I hope there is something significant planned to mark the event
101 Squadron will parade at Brize on 18 September to mark the end of VC10 ops, and the consecration of a new Squadron Standard.


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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 15:26
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Morayvia should be in a position to start selling the limited edition VC10 commemorative malt at the end of the month, please pm me for further details and orders. RAFBF a major beneficiary.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 18:40
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Whilst a parade to mark the final {?} demise of the VC10 is entirely right and proper, to deny the Fun Bus an airborne farewell on the fateful day after it has served us so well would be a sad way to honor an old friend, I hope it will be included in the program.
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Old 22nd Jul 2013, 19:09
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I wonder why they started the registrations XR then went to XV?
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