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RAF VC10 - Great Memories

Old 7th Aug 2013, 09:05
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I think the exploding tyre took out the LP fuel valve cluster in that u/c bay, thats why the two engines they fed flamed out! The squadrons procedure for flight when asymmetric, simulated or for real, was to open the inter engine valves to maintain fuel balance, which in this case was nearly catastrophic! Those of us on the "superior tanker" squadron never did that, we used the fuel tank inlet and outlet valves.
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 18:56
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I do not know the full details of the damage in the LH bay but the inter-engine valve is part of the same assembly as the #1 & 2 LP cocks, (Triple-cock assembly), so by losing the LP Cocks selection of the inter-engine valve would not make any difference. However, selecting the Crossfeed Transfer valve would not be a very good idea!
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 19:58
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I was remiss, I forgot to mention the cross feed transfer was also opened, (all three valves were normally opened together) to achieve fuel balance!
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 21:31
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It was Marines picked up from Gardermoen with some dropped off at Leuchars and the rest for Brize. The VC10 had replaced a Hercules which had gone U/S.
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Old 7th Aug 2013, 22:33
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Blimey November4,

The days when a VC10 replaced an Albert on a trooping run. In my experience there was usually a Q crew at Lyneham, and plenty of spare frames. How unlucky the 10 was to have the tyre blow out and subsequent probs. I still say, if I still had a passport, I would rather go on holiday on a 10 than anything else flying at the moment.

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Old 8th Aug 2013, 01:59
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XR808 putting its port bogie down on a foam strip at Tengah, 29 April 1968.

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Old 9th Aug 2013, 11:07
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Keep them coming, my first meeting with the Ten was during detachment to Colt, one had arrived to take a Sqn off on detachment and as he powered out of the apron he took out a wooden shed that dissappeared like matchsticks... it was a satisfying thing to watch.
Later flying on one to Deci ( where they also used to reverse out of the apron ) one had a look around the cockpit enroute, never envisaging they would be my next posting..


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Old 9th Aug 2013, 11:19
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c'mon smuj, you must remember the thinking at the secret airbase in Wilts: 'You can't use the standby crew we might need them for a callout'
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Old 9th Aug 2013, 13:34
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'You can't use the standby crew we might need them for a callout'
Same philosophy applied by storemen the world over.
''Yer can't have it 'cos it's the last one and it might be needed for an emergency!''
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Old 9th Aug 2013, 20:00
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Motleycallsign,

Accept your premise, but having stood Q regularly, I found that we were often sent off on a "recovery", as it was quicker than waiting for the 6A crew to get in to base and plan. I never complained, one resulted in a week on the ground in Bermuda when we were sent on a recovery of an aircraft needing a valve housing change, to arrive and find it needed a propellor change. Life's a bitch, etc.

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Old 9th Aug 2013, 22:55
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Now that's what I call a thread drift, how did Albert standby's get on this?
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Old 9th Aug 2013, 23:43
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It's called penis envy...
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 08:45
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I was thinking of my time as an F/E on 10Sqn VC10 when I recalled there was a synchronizer indicator above the F/Es thrust levers and it had 3 little props...but cannot remember why only 3...there were 4 engines.
Also, I remember we sometimes put the outboard engines into idle reverse to assist the tug pushback....the RAF only had 2 reversers...did the civil version have 4 reversers?
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Only 3 synch props as the #2 Eng (I think) was the master and the 3 sync props enabled 1,3 and 4 to be synced to #2.

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Old 10th Aug 2013, 10:35
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Yes the RAF had two, some of the Civi's had 4 thrust reversers
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Old 10th Aug 2013, 22:10
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Haltonapp,

Sorry about that, it was sort of related to the 10, and I'm trying to do my bit for keepy uppy of the thread. I proffer profuse apologies to your sensitivities, which have obviously been disturbed.

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Old 10th Aug 2013, 22:14
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Most of my detachments I got the Herk, while the rest of the Squadron got the Ten
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Old 11th Aug 2013, 11:43
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Old 11th Aug 2013, 17:39
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Most of my detachments I got the Herk, while the rest of the Squadron got the Ten
Spooky, as did I. Normally because I was on the advance and rear parties. But I do remember coming back from Deci after being left to recover a dead jet. The Herc that was supposed to take us home broke down. They bent a 10 in to pick us up and because we were in uniform and the rest of the passengers were in civvies we were treat like royalty by everybody. I was only a Cpl
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I was only a Cpl
Shouldn't that be 'But of course I was a cpl?
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