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VC10....on the road this Sunday.

Old 20th Jun 2015, 16:13
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VC10....on the road this Sunday.

For all the VC10 devotees on here...

Browsing through a discarded semi local rag on Stafford station and read an article which said the VC10, albeit sadly now dismembered, will be on the move this Sunday to Cosford...via the M69 / M6 / M54 at a steady 40mph. Departing around 07.00 and due to arrive around midday.

Apparently, it will arrive via Shifnal, which, I recall, has an "interesting" junction near the railway bridge and then a rather twisty lane to Cosford...that may prove entertaining to watch.

Anyway, if you are on any of the roads above, you will at least be aware of the cause of any congestion.
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Old 20th Jun 2015, 18:26
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There is a weight limit on Neechley Lane (back roads from Shifnal) and therefore the intent must be to pass through Shifnal onto the Wolverhampton Road and enter the airfield via the South West crash gate. I hope the reconstruction concludes with an eye pleasing airframe.
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Do we know which airframe?
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I't BOB, XR808
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There are some images from the move on its own Facebook page here (no login needed): https://www.facebook.com/XR808
Also interesting to scroll back and see how carefully this airframe has been taken apart. No cutting involved apart from one or two small bits!
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Thanks Sharpend (hope all is OK with you)

This is great news. Now we need to get a fund together for a re-paint into the shiny ten colour scheme not the horrible drab grey. I would give a considerable donation.
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Or one side
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NL if so port side. I don't know if you were my era and involved in Royal/VIP preps but I always insisted on the port side being particuarly immaculate for the TV on arrival on the red carpet. For years we used tyre paint from Halfords then we got an new OC Eng who said that it was a fire hazzard - to$$ er. So is avtur but we used that. I seem to remember that I lost that particular argument but the guys still got the tyres pretty shiny somehow.
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Here's a few more c/o the Beeb...

VC10 in six-hour trip to RAF Museum Cosford - BBC News
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Serendipity

XR 808 was, of course, the first VC10 C1 delivered to 10 Squadron on 8 July 1966. By 1988, when the Squadron was presented with its second Standard by Mrs Thatcher, the then Prime Minister, the fleet had flown for some 21/22 years of the 25 years required for that award. A new, third Standard was presented by HRH The Princess Royal in January this year, in the context of the Squadron's Centenary. So, quite by chance, as 808 (or at least its fuselage) was being taken to Cosford for reconstruction and permanent display, that second Standard was laid-up as part of this morning's Service at St Clement Dane's Church, the RAF Church, in London. It was handed over for safe keeping "until such time as it shall turn to dust" by current CO, Wg Cdr Jamie Osborne, with a contingent from both the Squadron and RAF Brize Norton, together with members of the Squadron Association, in the congregation. Another quietly memorable day for 'Shiny Ten' in this, its Centenary year.
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ICM Are you saying that 808 was the flypast aircraft for Mrs T? Were you the nav? My log books are in Bots. I was RHS. DR was the Capt and it was a bit of a dash from our hold over Hungerford when the CO failed to keep the great lady on schedule. Apparently very impressive from the ground when we came across the parade ground at 320 kts on full power
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I used to do the Royals, my last job in the mob was a Royal, port side would be best side as has the VC holders name by the door, trouble is the door is now the chute. Our boss was in charge of a VIP prep I was on and just before it departed one of the golf balls that hid the latches for storing the overhead racks fell off, unable to do anything about it I bodge taped it on, it fell off again hitting Maggie on the head on departure.

The one "Royal" that everyone hated was to bring the body of the Dutchess of Windsor " home " as she kept recovering, so A/C were prepped then she would recover, so it was used , and then another had to be readied when she relapsed.
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Ex-A: No, no suggestion that 808 was the flypast aircraft that day, and I've no way of knowing which one was. I was simply reflecting on the happy coincidence that as one symbol of an era (essentially VC10, but with a bit of Victor B1) was laid to rest, another (the first of the fleet) was being taken north to be resuscitated.

And no, I wasn't Nav that day either, though I was amongst the audience for the flypast - I don't recall there being anything amiss with it at all!

Like you, I'd be delighted to see the original paint scheme restored but I've a feeling that would be a tad on the costly side.
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I remember Maggie going to Washington on a VC10, they had problems so gagged an engine and came back as a Trident, however more problems meant she landed as a BAe 1-11, after that we couldn't gag them with SLF on board.
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Originally Posted by NutLoose
...port side would be best side as has the VC holders name by the door, trouble is the door is now the chute.
Not on the C1Ks. The chutes were only installed on the later K2/K3/K4 tanker conversions. The LH door on Bob is fully functional and with a bit of luck will have the proper VC scroll(s) next to it again.
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Jhieminga, the 'million pound dustbin' crew escape chute was only fitted to the VC10K2 and VC10K3; it was not fitted to the VC10K4.
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No British citizen here, but if it is not a national secret, what is a Standard as in " second Standard " mentioned by ICM?

Thanks in advance.

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Rwy in Sight,

It's a "flag" like this one:



Sorry, I couldn't find a picture of "Shiny 10's" standard. This is the standard of 26 Squadron RAF Regiment.
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I was at Brunty on Saturday (playing with Lightnings) when she started her journey! She looked to be in great shape! Lots of rumours about this exercise costing a million pounds and that the RAF would not land it at Cosford because the runway is too short! Anyone involved like to give us a heads up on this exercise?
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There is probably a million reasons why no one will say...


Thanks re the door, I was having a brain dump...
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