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Vickers VC-10

Old 10th Jun 2006, 22:28
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Vickers VC-10

Was at Leeds/Bradford about an hour ago and a VC-10 came in and left again about 30 mins later. Was using an Ascot call-sign.

Anybody know what it was doing at Leeds?
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 00:45
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Suspect any VC-10 at civ airport would be using an ASCOT callsign!
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 06:12
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Originally Posted by Pilotdom

Anybody know what it was doing at Leeds?
Yes. Dropped off a pax.



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Old 11th Jun 2006, 15:15
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Ascot is the callsign used by RAF Transport Command IIRC. I believe they also use Kittyhawk as a callsign.
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 15:45
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Originally Posted by Fernando_Covas
Ascot is the callsign used by RAF Transport Command IIRC. I believe they also use Kittyhawk as a callsign.
ASCOT is the callsign used by the RAF's Air Transport aircraft belonging to Hq 2 Group. Transport command long gone.

Kittyhawk is generally used by 32 (The Royal) Sqn (which is still officially part of 2 Gp, for you pedants out there).

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Old 11th Jun 2006, 16:42
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Originally Posted by Pilotdom
Was at Leeds/Bradford about an hour ago and a VC-10 came in and left again about 30 mins later. Was using an Ascot call-sign.

Anybody know what it was doing at Leeds?
I'm not sure but I heard it pass over somewhere near my house (around 8 miles south-west of LBA) It sounded incredible!

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Old 11th Jun 2006, 17:48
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What! Dropping into LBA for one pax? Not very cost effective (with fuel and landing fees etc) so I guess it must have been a VVVVIP!
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 17:50
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I watched it land and take-off from runway 14. Was sat on the wall at the end of the loop. It sounded awsome from there,my ears were ringing for a good half hour afterwards.
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 18:11
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Originally Posted by Pilotdom
I watched it land and take-off from runway 14. Was sat on the wall at the end of the loop. It sounded awsome from there,my ears were ringing for a good half hour afterwards.
I'm not happy. I spend A LOT of time at LBA either taking photos or flying out and I missed this!
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 18:21
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Originally Posted by Dan Air 87
What! Dropping into LBA for one pax? Not very cost effective (with fuel and landing fees etc) so I guess it must have been a VVVVIP!
Why MUST it has been a VVVVIP? How on earth did you arrive at that? A VC10 landed at LBA and dropped off one pax. That is all.
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 18:42
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<What! Dropping into LBA for one pax? Not very cost effective (with fuel and landing fees etc) so I guess it must have been a VVVVIP!>

I would guess it was an illegal immigrant who claimed his human rights would be infringed unless he was fed ice cream and naughty magazines and delivered direct to his relatives up north. It is the way of Blairs' Britain! So it will be the way of Brown's Britain. Completely incomprehensible, but this is the land of letting rapists and murderers go whilst incarcerating Great Train Robbers for 35 years.
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 18:56
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 19:00
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Well it caught me by surprise. I overheard a guy mentionig it to his friend at the viewing area at the loop end. How did he know it was coming in? It was also busier than usual for a sat night up there where do people find out about these military flights. I was at LBA a couple of weeks ago Paul and im sure I saw a military aircraft parked at multiflight,looked like a hercules in size but couldnt see it for the multiflight hangar any ideas what that was? Also do you fly privatley from LBA? Im learning at Sherburn at the mo but am at LBA all the time!
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 19:23
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Sometimes the RAF make minor detours to regular flights usually for compassionate reasons ie family member on deathbed. So it doesnt have to be a VIP.
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Old 11th Jun 2006, 20:07
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Originally Posted by MAN777
Sometimes the RAF make minor detours to regular flights usually for compassionate reasons ie family member on deathbed. So it doesnt have to be a VIP.
And that was exactly why there was a VC10 at LBA. 1 pax dropped off for compassionate reasons. Hope you enjoyed seeing the flight but pause to think why it was there.

Oh, and to correct your point, RAF make major detours and launch short notice tasks in order for servicemen overseas to return home on the imminent death of a family member.

Cost effective? Who gives a toss?
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Originally Posted by Rev I. Tin
And that was exactly why there was a VC10 at LBA. 1 pax dropped off for compassionate reasons. Hope you enjoyed seeing the flight but pause to think why it was there.

Oh, and to correct your point, RAF make major detours and launch short notice tasks in order for servicemen overseas to return home on the imminent death of a family member.

Cost effective? Who gives a toss?
I quite agree Rev. But it was an amazing sight, if noisy.

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Old 11th Jun 2006, 22:08
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Originally Posted by Rev I. Tin
ASCOT is the callsign used by the RAF's Air Transport aircraft belonging to Hq 2 Group. Transport command long gone.
ASCOT = Air Support Command Operational Task

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Old 11th Jun 2006, 22:59
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Originally Posted by Pilotdom
Well it caught me by surprise. I overheard a guy mentionig it to his friend at the viewing area at the loop end. How did he know it was coming in? It was also busier than usual for a sat night up there where do people find out about these military flights. I was at LBA a couple of weeks ago Paul and im sure I saw a military aircraft parked at multiflight,looked like a hercules in size but couldnt see it for the multiflight hangar any ideas what that was? Also do you fly privatley from LBA? Im learning at Sherburn at the mo but am at LBA all the time!
You certainly did see a military aircraft parked at Multiflight. It was a Saudi Air Force Hercules. We had one in a few weeks ago that was diverted from MAN, and one again the other day. I understand they're using both LBA and MAN from now on, although I have no idea what they're actually doing!

As for flying, I don't fly privately. I just do 50-60 commercial flights a year, mostly originating from LBA. How often are you up there?

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Old 12th Jun 2006, 12:55
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Originally Posted by Rev I. Tin
ASCOT is the callsign used by the RAF's Air Transport aircraft belonging to Hq 2 Group. Transport command long gone.
Kittyhawk is generally used by 32 (The Royal) Sqn (which is still officially part of 2 Gp, for you pedants out there).
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Old 12th Jun 2006, 14:53
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Originally Posted by Rev I. Tin
And that was exactly why there was a VC10 at LBA. 1 pax dropped off for compassionate reasons. Hope you enjoyed seeing the flight but pause to think why it was there.

Oh, and to correct your point, RAF make major detours and launch short notice tasks in order for servicemen overseas to return home on the imminent death of a family member.

Cost effective? Who gives a toss?
i heard some thing bout that once, a solder in afganistan needed to get home to his dieing mother so they diverted a c130 to pick him up delayed the c-17 to get him home then had a helicopter waiting to take him direct to the hospital.
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