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Early days at Weybridge & Wisley

To kick off a new set of pages, to be filled with loads and loads of photos, this page will bring you some images from the very early days of the VC10.


Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

1. Rollout of G-ARTA at Weybridge.
2 - 4. More photos of the rollout ceremony.


Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

1. G-ARTA parked at Weybridge before her first flight.
2. Engine testing at Brooklands.
3. G-ARTA taking off from Brooklands on her first flight, 29th June 1962.
4. G-ARTA and G-ARVA parked at Wisley sometime during testing.


Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS via P. Robinson

1. G-ARTA taking off from Wisley in August of 1962.
2&3. G-ARTA cruising over the English countryside during early testing.
4. A nice topside pass, place and time unknown unfortunately.


Photo D. Storey

Photo D. Storey

Photo D. Storey

Photo D. Storey

1 - 4. These photos were taken by Flight Test Engineer 'Dix' Storey during flights on G-ARTA. Mr. Storey unfortunately passed away a few years ago but in 2002 a bag of flight test reports was donated to the Brooklands Museum by his widow and in the bottom of the bag was a box of slides which turned out to be these images (and a couple more just like it).

As can be seen on the photos the wing was adorned with lots of tufts, taped there to show the local airflow. These tests were part of the investigation into the higher than expected drag on the prototype VC10. Photo 3 also shows where the corners were cut off on the spoiler panels, with the wing top surface having been filled in, to cut down buffeting and vibration with these spoilers extended.


Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS courtesy of Brooklands Museum

Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

1. A photo of the inside of G-ARTA during the flight testing stage.
2. Another view of the banks of installed testing equipment.
3. Some of the ground crew members disembarking from G-ARTA at the 1962 Farnborough Air Show.
4. The VC10 prototype was still being flown for testing purposes by this time but painted in BOAC colours.


The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust
 

1. G-ARTA again, parked behind some period vehicles.
2. G-ASGA landing at the 1964 Farnborough Air Show.
3. As these photos show, the Super VC10 was initially shown in Vickers colours. This photo has unfortunately suffered at the hands of time.

 

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