Southampton to Singapore via 20,527 ton Troopship SS Nevasa 1975...returned to UK 1960 via Brittania (Whispering Giant) enlisted RAF 1960 to Bahrain 1963 via British Caledonian DC7C and returned UK 1964 via a much superior aeroplane...of course it was, a BOAC VC10. A really super flight. Flew to Changi 1965 via RAF VC10 and to Kai Tak & Return to Changi via VC10 plus return to UK via VC10.....Out to Addu Atoll (RAF Gan) and return via VC10 1969-70. A beautiful aeroplane!!
This site brings back many memories for me I was an apprentice at Vickers Armstrong from 1957 to 1962. All the picture s you have of the assembly of the aircraft I know well. The color pictures of the aircraft in the (Cathedral) Assembly Hanger were taken one Sunday morning. We were all called into work to tidy up before the pictures were taken from the overhead crane. I am very proud to say I worked on the VC 10 and like every person that worked at that factory there was a real sense of pride and achievement when that aircraft rolled down that runway for the first time.
What an interesting and well built site. I was particularly interested in 7Q-YKH and its history and found it here. A sad ending. But my recollection of YKH was a one hour flight in her at around the time it was at Gatwick for maintainance. The flight was arranged by a group known as Rays Air Travels and was for enthusiasts. A very pleasant hour on board. I do have a model of it so a fond memory.
Just looking at some old images of 10Sqn as Cpl Air Steward 1971 -74 and still in touch with that dam piss-head Bob Bentley they are days never to forget, please can we do one more 4 day Honkers trip just for old times sake with Ging Meany Pat Fitsgerald, Bob Bentley, Ken Gorham and Sqn Leader Ness
As an eighteen year old apprentice at Vickers, South Marston, Swindon I had the job of drilling rivet holes in the leading edge slats of the VC10 for six months. Not the most taxing of jobs but by golly with the judicious use of the "windy" drill it certainly helped to increase the pay packet due to the bonus system in place. Living in Swindon I still see the odd VC10 around and tell the grandchildren that grandad worked on that plane. Unfortunately it does not mean as much to them as it does to me! Always thought that if they had re-engined it with a RR version it may have held its own but politics as always got in the way of the UK aircraft industry.