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263 - Monday, July 19, 2010 8:05 pm

Name:

Eddie Spillane

Location:

S Wales

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Just Surfed In

Comments:

did any VC10s have conversion to twin engine configeration as i saw 2 flying low over N Cardiff towards St Athan in 2004/5? they were in grey flying in formation no camera handy as usual!
Thanks if you can help excellent site

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264 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:13 pm

Name:

Michelle ( Wilmer ) Van-Stein

Location:

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Comments:

Maurice Oliver Wilmer
Air Craft Designer
Part of the original VC10 Design Crew
Passed away on the 8th of July 2010 aged 86.
Take to the air, fly free.


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265 - Wednesday, July 14, 2010 11:27 am

Name:

Nicholas Weber

Location:

Italy

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Other

Comments:

I flew on numerous occasions on the VC10 to and from the Middle East when I was living in England. A model of this aircraft inspired me to become a pilot and on one occasion a VC10 "saved my life!" in violent clear air turbulence with it's inherent strength. The wings deflected at least to their tested limit!

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266 - Friday, July 2, 2010 2:52 pm

Name:

bill lorimer

Location:

southampton

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Comments:

A plane i always loved flew in a few with Raf transport command when i was in the army through the sixties to the early seventies

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267 - Tuesday, June 29, 2010 11:16 pm

Name:

Mike

Location:

Northwich

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Comments:

29 June 1962, 48 years ago today the VC10 first took to the sky.

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268 - Monday, June 28, 2010 7:48 am

Name:

Gregor Ferguson

Location:

Sydney

Referred by:

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Comments:

Flew many times in VC10s from Lagos to London and back in the 1960s and '70s - BOAC and BCAL. Beautiful aeroplane, the product of a different time and a different style of travel. Ahhhhhhhh!!!! Great web site, BTW!

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269 - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:58 pm

Name:

Roy Mc Mullan

Location:

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Comments:

VC 10 flight engineer serving in the RAF on 10 Sqn and 241 OCU. The VC10 was a great aircraft.

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270 - Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:02 pm

Name:

Gerry Harwood

Location:

RAF Brize Norton

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Friend

Comments:

Served as team leader on majors at St Athan and later on as an AGE on 10 & 101 Sqn. Still serving as FS at Bzn.
Fantastic times on "The Queen of the Skies". Got to see most of the world.

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271 - Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:08 pm

Name:

Joe Frame

Location:

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Comments:

Glad to see still so much interest in the VC10, I worked as a steward on them with BOAC from 1972 / 1979, many wonderful memories of the aircraft, destinations & wonderful crews....happy daze... :-)

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272 - Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:26 am

Name:

Peter Wentworth

Location:

Faringdon

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Comments:

Having just recovered from the recent 26th Annual Reunion of The RAF 10 Squadron Association Reunion at Brize Norton I have decided that it is time once again to give details of how to become a Member of the Association.

You can do this by contacting me at the following postal and email addresses.

Peter Wentworth, Secretary 10 Squadron Association, 3 Maple Road, Faringdon, Oxon SN7 8BD

or

peter@milehighmagic.co.uk

If you are a former 10 Squadron Crew Member and are in contact with any of your former colleagues then I would ask you to get into contact with them and urge them to join us. Thank you

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273 - Monday, June 7, 2010 3:06 pm

Name:

Graham Jacobsen

Location:

Brisbane Australia

Referred by:

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Comments:

I enjoyed a trip on a VC10 from Brisbane east over the Pacific one night in the early 1970's after often watching them at Brisbane airport. In those days if you asked nicely the captain would be pleased to entertain you on the flight deck. After dinner we were escorted to the flight deck and received warmly. That night I had an experience that I will never forget. The first thing observed and unexpected was the old fashioned navigation with the navigator, navigating with a sextant through the bubble in the roof. And then looking out through the windscreen the night was so dark outside that the nose cone of the aircraft was not even visible. It was just as if the crew had drawn a black blind down over the windscreen! That experience instilled within me a huge confidence in the skills of those men in command of that great flying machine.

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274 - Sunday, June 6, 2010 11:33 pm

Name:

Keith Howlette

Location:

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK

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Comments:

Great site has bben helpful in the build of my radio controlled VC10.

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275 - Friday, June 4, 2010 7:30 pm

Name:

GINO

Location:

CHILE

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Comments:

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!!!!
VC - 10 RAF LANDING IN PTA. ARENAS

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276 - Thursday, June 3, 2010 12:51 am

Name:

Steven Scott-Davies

Location:

Vancouver, Canada

Referred by:

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Comments:

I spent over two years 1970 - 1972 as an air steward on 10 Sqdn and this website bought back many happy memories of those fun filled years.
sad to see that this wonderful aircraft has been retired.

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277 - Sunday, May 30, 2010 4:47 am

Name:

Andy Frish

Location:

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Comments:

Some time ago I left a guestbook entry that my father Tony Frish was the captain of G-ASGL in 12/74 when it had the famous fuel starvation total power failure and was saved by use of the ELRAT. My dad passed away peacefully on 8/5/10 (the 65th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day from WW2). He flew Lancs in the war and joined BOAC in 1946, retiring from the VC10 in June '75. At his memorial service, I could think of no more fitting tribute for his final departure than the recording I made from the jump seat of G-ASGO on 21/12/72 as he flew it out of JFK. It worked well as a tribute to an amazing man and career. We also had my 7 foot long travel agent model of a Super there in the church! If any of you folks had anything to do with my father and can feedback on it, I'd be delighted to hear from you. The VC10 is the most magnificent aircraft. Best regards to you all, Andy Frish

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278 - Monday, May 24, 2010 12:46 pm

Name:

Ann Bihan (Culliford)

Location:

Bath

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Just returned from a wonderful 10 Sqn reunion at BZN. It was good to see so many old friends and talk over those happy days on this beautiful aircraft. Wish I was 21 again!!!! I was a Loadmaster on 10 Sqn from 1966 to 1971

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279 - Thursday, May 20, 2010 8:48 am

Name:

Ken Hart

Location:

Australia

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Comments:

In England to attend tomorrow's 10 Sqn reunion at Brize. Looking forward to it, and hoping to catch up with some of the squadron members from 67 - 74.

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280 - Monday, May 17, 2010 2:26 am

Name:

bry

Location:

wolverhampton

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

really interesting site.I still work on vcx.I repair and overhaul the power flight control units. good old vcx has paid for my house and all i own. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to fly in one from R.A.F.Brize norton we refueled a eurofighter over scotland I have some brilliant photo's and memories of the day

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281 - Sunday, May 16, 2010 9:41 pm

Name:

John Waldron-Kelly

Location:

South Wales

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Comments:

Currently working on the second to last VC10 Major at DSG St Athan.

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282 - Saturday, May 15, 2010 9:39 am

Name:

Pat TEBBY

Location:

Spain

Referred by:

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Comments:

I was involved with the C Mk 1's from 1966 when they entered service with the RAF until 1990's when the last one was converted to a C Mk 1 (K) at Hurn. Beautiful aircraft to fly in and work with. Miss the old girl.

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283 - Saturday, May 8, 2010 10:44 pm

Name:

Graeme Logie

Location:

California

Referred by:

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Comments:

My first flight ever was on a BOAC Super VC-10,G-ASGA, according to my BOAC Junior Jet Pilot Logbook. I flew from Prestwick, Scotland (PIK) to New York, New York (JFK), March 17, 1967.

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284 - Saturday, May 8, 2010 6:31 pm

Name:

Harry Liddell

Location:

Fairford, UK

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Comments:

Can't recall if I did ever sign in, if so it was done using a different email address. (You have a couple of stories from me in the Memories section)

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285 - Friday, May 7, 2010 1:18 pm

Name:

Michael Hewitt

Location:

Northwich

Referred by:

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Comments:

46 years ago today the prototype Super VC10 took to the sky for the first time, G-ASGA.

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286 - Thursday, May 6, 2010 8:04 pm

Name:

Bill Beacham

Location:

Witney

Referred by:

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Comments:

VC10 Navigator on Ten and the OCU from 1969 to1981 - Happy Days.
Maybe my favourite aircraft but maybe not - I was on Vulcans with 101 and the OCU in the sixties.

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287 - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 11:00 pm

Name:

ALEX

Location:

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Referred by:

Other

Comments:

HiI use to operate a condec at Brize loading among others VC10s Can remember the none stop loadinduring the india famin releif . now im demobbed i continue to make models of the service vehicle for that era including a Belfast, VC10 and Brittianna, would love some info on the cargo loading door and some close up photos for the VC10 As my cheap model is ready , and the one with opening doors and fold away undercart and light is about to go to the mold making stage but still need to be able to check cargos door workings it opens at the moment but id like it to be as like the real thing as poss :

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288 - Sunday, April 18, 2010 11:20 am

Name:

terry mason

Location:

USA

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Very interesting, ref history of vc10 in Nigeria. I was working in Kano at the time, in fact I had recently returned from uk leave out of H/Row, on one of first flights. if I recall the plane was in N/A livery(grn/wht). also that we had to return a little after take off, with engine problems? fire truck's each side runway! One of our Kano Motor Club friends died on the Lagos flt...Lot's of memories there man.. Flying always seemed a little more "fun" all the same, in those days.

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289 - Saturday, April 17, 2010 10:28 pm

Name:

T. Stanley

Location:

Bournemouth

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Comments:

Lots of interesting info and detailing for this classic british long-hauler, on the same page as our other classics - Viscount, Vanguard, Trident, 1-11, Herald, Comet - Brill''

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290 - Friday, April 16, 2010 9:22 pm

Name:

Grant Skinner

Location:

Carterton

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Comments:

Am currently a VC10 Aircraft Ground Engineer (best job ever)on 101 Sqn, since 1999. Have been around VC10's since 1985, such a lovely place. Been to lots of nice places.

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291 - Monday, March 29, 2010 11:55 pm

Name:

Mike Hewitt

Location:

England

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

GJD Services has been awarded by BAe the contract for removing from service and disposing of the Royal Air Force's VC10 fleet.

The work will include taking delivery of the aircraft in line with the fleet rundown program, removing assets as required and reducing the aircraft to scrap if required.

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292 - Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:16 am

Name:

Ian Arnott

Location:

pennsylvania u.s.a.

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Comments:

I was a steward with b o a c from 1970 to1980 and searved on the vc10 fleet for two years Do you know if there is a sight like pan-am wings for us oldees to visit with a where are they now page or way of tracking old crew mates

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293 - Friday, March 19, 2010 1:55 pm

Name:

Simon Frazier

Location:

France

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

I must have first flown on a VC 10 in 1964 when they were introduced on the Nigeria run. I certainly remember them well in the late 1960s. BOAC used to have a junior jet club to which I belonged. I still have my BOAC transistor radio. Last flew on a VC 10 belonging to Gulf Air, maybe 1976 or 77.

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294 - Thursday, March 11, 2010 9:50 pm

Name:

Laurie Gutsell

Location:

Wales

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Chris, I seem to remember that day well. I was on the ramp at the time. A disco was playing and they had a Guiness truck parked at the runway turn off with a dirty great "Follow Me " sign on the back. It was good to see the squadron back after so long down route. Pints all around, I believe

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295 - Sunday, March 7, 2010 11:07 pm

Name:

mrs sally white

Location:

worcestershire

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

My father was a test pilot and aeronautical engineer on the vc10. He died, along with 6 other men, when the plane went into a stall, on october 22nd 1963. The location was wiltshire.

Reply: Small correction: that was BAC 1-11 G-ASHG.

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296 - Sunday, March 7, 2010 10:43 pm

Name:

tony nixon

Location:

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

very good website.thanks

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297 - Monday, March 1, 2010 4:58 pm

Name:

Charles Dale

Location:

Referred by:

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Comments:

Flew back from Nigeria (as a little boy) in July 1967 on a BOAC VC-10 and then again to Belize and Cyprus with the RAF. Fantastic experience to be allowed to sit in the jump seat for landing and take-off at Washington. So British it brings a tear to the eye

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298 - Sunday, February 28, 2010 3:16 pm

Name:

Mike Hewitt

Location:

Barnton, Cheshire.

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

40 years ago to (28 Feb 1970) the last production VC10 was delivered to East African Airways, 5H-MOG is still in service with 101 Sqn RAF as ZA150.

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299 - Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:36 pm

Name:

John Davies

Location:

Seattle, Wa, USA

Referred by:

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Comments:

I was at Weybridge 1955-1964. Apprentice and Development test. Would like to get landing gear details of the shock struts -- did some design work on the VC10.

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300 - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 11:08 pm

Name:

Chris

Location:

Harrogate

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

My old man was an air force chief technician for 101sqn RAF at Brize between 84 and 1991. My earliest memories were waking up hearing the conways being tested on test ramps, and falling asleep wondering where the ones I had just heard were taking this beautiful bird.

I remember distinctly waiting for 2 hours on the pan at Brize waiting for Dad to return from the 1st Gulf War, and watching these beauties circle in to land to the theme of Top Gun.

I am so proud to have such a strong connection to the most fantastic plane to have flown the skies of Oxfordshire. I am truly upset to know that these planes will be replaced by such a popular aircraft.

Long live the VC-10, you will always have a my first memories.

Chris.

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301 - Wednesday, February 24, 2010 9:57 am

Name:

Steve Robards

Location:

Sydney Australia

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Comments:

Great site. never having flown in one but living near Sydney airport i never really made the 'Hushpower' connection from the BOAC adverts.

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302 - Sunday, February 21, 2010 10:48 pm

Name:

Nick Bilton

Location:

Gunnislake

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Always loved the VC10, It was the first jet aircraft I flew on in 1971 as an ATC cadet (XR810) I subsequently fley on most of the RAF fleet at the time. I will add some photo's whem I can dig them out.

Nick Bilton
Gunnislake, Cornwall

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303 - Sunday, February 21, 2010 1:22 pm

Name:

Muzz

Location:

Thailand

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Nice informative site. Keep up the good work. Thank you!

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304 - Saturday, February 20, 2010 10:27 am

Name:

Mike Hewitt

Location:

England

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

There are a couple of VC10 cockpits for sale in the UK. Both ex RAF.

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305 - Friday, February 19, 2010 10:01 pm

Name:

John Davey

Location:

Bedfordshire opposite the Airship Sheds

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Great site and great detail. I saw the first arrival of G-ARVA at Aden when it arrived for trials in 1962/63. Also I flew on one of the last passenger BA flights from Gatwick in 1981 in G-ASGF. I have some photos of both events and will send them in with some words for your perusal and inclusion on your site if you think they are good enough.

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306 - Wednesday, February 17, 2010 2:12 am

Name:

John Baker

Location:

united kingdom

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

What a wonderful web site - did a lot of miles in XV102 and XV109 during my time in the RAF (always seemed to be 102 or 109 ?) Lot of memories of RAF Muharraq and the departing "Moon Rocket" which shook the tin hut I was in to the rivets..! and a few trips to Ascension Island 1982/3 on my way further south. Stunning aircraft and way ahead of it`s time, it will always have a place in my heart - it took me to and brought me back from some strange places (I always got Brittanias before that! so it was like space travel in comparison...) It will be a sad day when they are retired :(

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307 - Sunday, February 14, 2010 6:51 pm

Name:

Shaun Judge

Location:

Canada

Referred by:

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Comments:

Caught XV106 at Ottawa,Ontario,Canada taking on troops. Photos available,just email me.
Cheers from Canada.

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308 - Wednesday, February 3, 2010 7:52 pm

Name:

Jeff

Location:

Washington, DC

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

I lived in Freeport, Bahamas, during the early 1970s. Hanging out at the airport was a favorite passtime among the ex-pats and families. Seeing a BOAC VC-10 land, taxi in, park, then later load, taxi out, and take off was always a highlight. The dark blue with the gold speedmark really was a standout! At the BOAC office in FPO they had a model VC-10 that must have had a 10 foot wingspan! Incredible detail, with a cut-away on the side so you could see every seat and interior detail. As a kid I wanted that big model SO BAD! I wonder where it is now???? Fabulous site!!!!!

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309 - Saturday, January 30, 2010 9:52 pm

Name:

Peter Fenlon

Location:

Manchester UK

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Travelled a lot in the 70s and 80s remember Pilot warning the passengers that it wasnt crashing at Conakry airport on Guinea, but the runway was so full of holes it would only seem like a crash, god he was right too.
Always felt safe as houses on that aircraft, a masterpiece.

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310 - Monday, January 25, 2010 11:30 pm

Name:

Edward Ashleigh Hogg

Location:

Torino. Italy

Referred by:

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Comments:

Passenger only, RAF, phenomenal climbrate on takeoff, rea facing seats leave you hanging in space. Absolute magic. Brize Norton-Sharjah-Gan-Singapore: Singapore-Gan-Cyprus-Brize Norton. Phenomenal aircraft.

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311 - Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:06 am

Name:

Dave J

Location:

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Web Ring

Comments:

the plane deserves a place on the web, a the very least. Great Job!!

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312 - Monday, January 11, 2010 1:28 pm

Name:

Jim King

Location:

RAF Brize Norton

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Ex S Eng O 10 Sqn (93-96). Currently working as the Serco Engineering Manager for JAVELIN Contract. Responsible for all 2/3/4 Bay maintenance of VC10 components.

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313 - Friday, January 8, 2010 12:02 pm

Name:

Stuart Andrews

Location:

Exeter

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Always attracted by the VC10, I managed to fly on the last revenue earning flight on G-ASGL.The aircraft was certainly put through it's paces & the flight was enjoyed by all.

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314 - Friday, December 18, 2009 7:27 pm

Name:

William Broussard

Location:

USA

Referred by:

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Comments:

My first career was in corporate aviation. That was how I was introduced to the BAC One-Eleven. Great machine. From that, I became a fan of the VC-10. Great website, thank you for all the work you've put into it for the rest of us to enjoy....Bill

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315 - Sunday, December 13, 2009 10:08 pm

Name:

Ed Needham

Location:

Referred by:

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Comments:

Navigator on 10 Sqn 1994-2003.
An outstanding aeroplane.

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316 - Sunday, December 6, 2009 7:26 am

Name:

JUlian

Location:

Athens

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Comments:

Was given a Tour by a BOAC exec around G-ARVC in the 60's as a child.
Worked on 7Q-YKH as an engineer at the end of the 70's and stood by G-ASGI at LGW for one of its final commercial flights.

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317 - Thursday, December 3, 2009 10:31 pm

Name:

Mick Jones

Location:

Leicester

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

I had the great honour to serve on ten Squadron from 1978-1981 and 1984-1986 as an air steward a truly magnificent aircraft, and now so sad to see them being broken up.
Many happy memories down route on the Hong Kong slip etc.
Now working for Virgin Trains, and had the privelage of flying in a VC10 of 101 sqn for the naming of one of our Pendolinos which is named after this sqn, how lucky was that!
Great website thanks.

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318 - Thursday, December 3, 2009 9:45 pm

Name:

David Burnett

Location:

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Comments:

My first transatlantic flight was on a VC10.
To Ian Cox Nov 11/07 my father WJ Burnett flew as First Officer with Kenneth Deadman from England to Singapore and return June/July 1946

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319 - Wednesday, December 2, 2009 2:47 am

Name:

David A Power

Location:

Australia

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

Spent 6 yrs flying Super VC 10s with East African Airways plus 3 years with Gulf Air 0n standard VC 10s

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320 - Monday, November 30, 2009 8:49 am

Name:

Ken Hart

Location:

Perth. WA

Referred by:

Friend

Comments:

An pilot on 10 Sqn from 67 to 74, with the later years as flight commander training. Wonderful memories of the Iron Duck: standing on the golf course at Gan watching her lifting her nose higher and higher to eventually slip away from the runway, and who can forget that magic blue note of four conways reaching full power.

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321 - Saturday, November 28, 2009 9:29 am

Name:

Paul Delahunt-Rimmer

Location:

Greece

Referred by:

Other

Comments:

VC10 Captain and Flt Cdr Ops No.10 Sqn (86-94). My log books are in storage but I think about 4,000 hrs on the greatest aircraft ever. Absolute sacrilege that they have pained all my beautiful shiny 10s some awful sludge colour and closed down the Royal Air Force’s airline.

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322 - Sunday, November 15, 2009 9:09 pm

Name:

Bill Crunkhorn

Location:

Calgary, AB

Referred by:

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Comments:

This morn in Calgary I was alerted to a sound which could only be a large, old jet. Looking out the window, a VC10 taking off. A wonderful and nostalgic site. I was last on a VC10, a RAF one with the seats facing backwards, in 1980. Good to see one still flying.

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323 - Sunday, November 15, 2009 6:37 am

Name:

Mary Wairimu

Location:

N.J. - USA

Referred by:

Just Surfed In

Comments:

The VC 10s are worth remembering. They are the most safe Aircraft that were ever made. It is fun to fly in them, like I did as a stewardess in EAA. Can all pilots around the world plot to bring these beautiful aircraft back.
Long live the VC 10s.

Mary

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324 - Wednesday, November 11, 2009 3:39 pm

Name:

tim litchfield

Location:

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Comments:

FYI I am flying in a VC10 to Canada/USA tomorrow.

Reply: Trying to get us jealous are you?

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325 - Sunday, November 8, 2009 8:32 am

Name:

Michael Cummiskey

Location:

NJ, USA

Referred by:

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Comments:

Flew the VC-10 in 1972 (BOAC) on return trip to Scotland. Wonderful Aircraft, glad to see that its not being "lost" to History.

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326 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:39 am

Name:

Kenneth Campbell

Location:

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Comments:

I was just surfing the internet for my names sake, Kenneth Campbell. I am an African American born in 1953 to my mother Scellerstine Campbell, St. Louis Mo., USA.

My mother was Born in 1935 - (1984), St. Louis mo., and she never met her father nor any Campbell's from this side of her lineage.
I have never met anyone from my mother's side of Campbell relatives.

It's ironic that I served in the U.S. Air force in 1972 & Kenneth Campbell of the VC10 was also a servant in the Air Force.

I am not sure, but this last name might have been one of a slave owner whose last name was Campbell that eventually named the descendants of my mother.

... Kind of heart wrenching and sad that she did not know where her last name derived. I have thought about changing my last name, at least to give my daughter some kind of historical identity. And the more I think about it, it seems to be the best thing.

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327 - Monday, October 12, 2009 2:28 pm

Name:

Barry Courtney

Location:

Australia

Referred by:

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Comments:

The VC10 was my first jet aircraft. I flew her with BOAC for thirteen years. I got my command on her for half of that. When we lost them I flew the Tristar for another 13 years. The VC10 was unique, You could trust her absolutely, she would respond to anything you asked of her. A priviledge and a thrill to have flown her.

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328 - Monday, September 28, 2009 5:53 pm

Name:

Pat Wilkie

Location:

France

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Comments:

Looking for old friend Carol Affleck who used to be cabin crew for BOAC.
If any one can help - please contact me. As a regular flyer throughout the 60s and 70s I loved the old VC10, and felt personnaly betrayed when it was replaced with the non-flyer friendly 747s

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329 - Saturday, September 19, 2009 11:00 am

Name:

Barry Maurer

Location:

Milton Keynes

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Comments:

Great site Jelle, and a great British aeroplane – I remember well tools at the ready for 10 turn-arounds at RAF Gan 1971-72, got some super 8 footage somewhere of them departing and arriving. It was memorable riding the jump seat back to BZN for my de-mob at Valley. Long in the tooth ex-C208 African flying doctor pilot available for VC10 crewing - mobile and available – still got the SASF VC10 tie – do I qualify? Will even do bog duty...again!

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330 - Sunday, September 13, 2009 12:04 am

Name:

Kevin

Location:

RDG

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Comments:

I just love to fly, always dreamed of being a pilot! Never pursued it hard enough, but now my vision won't pass for a license! Awesome site Jelle! I remember seeing the VC10 at IAD as a teenager visiting my sister outside of Washington D.C. Peace and good luck!

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331 - Monday, September 7, 2009 3:30 pm

Name:

Geoff Tedd

Location:

Brize

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Ex RAF GE from early 90's. Still going strong with the QOTS

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332 - Saturday, September 5, 2009 10:28 pm

Name:

Garry (Shag) Frazer

Location:

Lechlade

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Am currently serving as VC10 AGE for a second tour after a break of 3 years on 101 Sqn. Have been in and around the Vc10 fleet for over 17 years. I am hoping hold a reunion around Aug/sept 2010. And have been advised this is the best site to use as apoint of contact if it is possible? Could you please advise me as to the best way to go about this. Regards Shag Frazer.

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333 - Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:28 pm

Name:

Bill Ward

Location:

Narrowboat Skipper

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Comments:

As a former RAF VC10 CMk1 Ground Engineer who spent most of his career associated with this most wonderful of aircraft, together with her engineers and crews, she gave me a wealth of experience and showed me the world; the memories of which I will be forever grateful.

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334 - Monday, August 31, 2009 5:09 pm

Name:

Roger Phillips

Location:

Fairford, GLOS, UK

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I first flew in a VC10 on 8th August 1964 from Salisbury to London via Nairobi. Later worked for BUA, BCAL and Gulf Air in marketing - all VC10 operators and was lucky enough to spend many trips on the flight deck. Now live under the flight path of Brize Norton!
Love the website and congratulations to all contributors

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335 - Sunday, August 23, 2009 1:28 pm

Name:

Mike Cresswell (Cressy)

Location:

Gloucester

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I was a Rigger on Vicky 10s at Brize Norton from 1977 to 1982. I spent my time working mainly in Base Hanger on Majors and the Tank Team. I'm proud to say that I have worked on Vicky 10s because from an Engineers point of view they are lovely aircraft to work on. I also see names that I met during my time at Brize Norton - Hi to you all. Excellant site keep the good work up.

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336 - Saturday, August 22, 2009 7:46 am

Name:

Peter Cromer

Location:

Calgary

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Comments:

I was on the VC10 (noted on this website in the incidents section) that flew from London to Beirut flight MEA 202 on Saturday 28 Dec 1968 and that after landing was sadly blown up by the Israelis.
It had Middle East Airlines livery but was owned by and leased from Ghana Airways from what I remember.
Is there anyone on this board who was also on that flight or has input on this incident?

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337 - Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:27 pm

Name:

Ian Waudby

Location:

Worcestershire UK

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I have just spent nearly 2 hours reading everything on this site. Not a minute was wasted as I am such a fan of Vicky10.

Well done Jelle.

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338 - Friday, July 31, 2009 11:47 am

Name:

Cheryl

Location:

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Comments:

Don,t know what got me thinking about Uncle Basil (Peyton) last night but wanted to find out what really happened on the VC10 approaching Lagos. Thank you. I know Mum and Dad will want to know too as there was so much speculation at the time.

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339 - Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:36 am

Name:

Peter M

Location:

Houston, USA

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Comments:

Great site, brings back memories. I flew in VC10's numerous times in the 60's and early 70's between London and the Middle East. Last time was from Cairo to London in 1978 (I think). I was a little surprised to see an RAF VC10 in Calgary a few years ago. One time I was a passenger in a DH104 Dove following a VC10 on approach into Dubai. We circled somewhere over the final approach and had a grandstand view as the VC10 passed underneath us and landed.

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340 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:52 pm

Name:

Laurence Tomsett

Location:

United Kingdom

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Comments:

my father worked for boac and was seconded to iraq and ghana, i travelled as a child on many vc10's and britannias.
love boac and its livery.

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341 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 9:48 am

Name:

Bruce Stoneback

Location:

USA

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Comments:

My first two trips to the UK back in 1971 and 1972 were on VC-10's, and after 53 more crossings on 707's, 747's,DC-10's, L-1011's, 767's, A330's, and A340's, no trips are as memorable as those in these superb British aircraft. If you've never flown in a VC-10, you just can't understand!

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342 - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 6:08 am

Name:

Rafael Rivera

Location:

Washington DC

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Comments:

Thank you for keeping this great great aircraft's history and legacy on the web. I hope that as the RAF's VC10 get replaced one of these aircraft will make it to the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. I would like to see it next to the 707 and have this chapter in aviation history added to the exhibit. Keep up the good work!

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343 - Thursday, July 23, 2009 3:58 pm

Name:

Caroline

Location:

Hook

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Comments:

Great site, many happy memories of flying on VC10's from LHR to Brunei in the mid-70s - Long long flight 18 hours normally, with two refuelling stops. Was on the last VC10 to Brunei before the 747 took over. Fab photo, brings back lots of memories.

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344 - Wednesday, July 15, 2009 5:14 pm

Name:

Ian Goold

Location:

UK

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Comments:

Having worked on VC10/Super VC10 production and (later) product development, flown on South African Airways crew training, but (alas0 in over 30 years as an international aviation writer never having written about it, I was delighted to find a dedicated site while Googling for something else entirely. Now that I've signed I shall explore further.
Ian Goold

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345 - Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:31 am

Name:

John Smith-Langridge

Location:

Uffculme, Devon

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Comments:

Have fond memories of a school trip (Carshalton West) to Vickers Weybridge in about 1961/2 and privileged to see what must have been the prototype VC10 in production in view of her long and illustrious career

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346 - Monday, July 13, 2009 7:37 pm

Name:

Danny Corson

Location:

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Comments:

October 1979 flew passenger from Secheylles to Hong Kong Tai Kak seated at the rear looking between the engines and wing on the port side British Airways.

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347 - Wednesday, July 8, 2009 12:10 pm

Name:

Pat

Location:

UK

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Comments:

What a brilliant site!

I worked as a WRAF ALM on VC10s from 1969 - 1972 and then in Bahrain with Gulf Air from 1974 - 1975. Loved the aircraft and have many happy memories - worked with some super people in the air and on the ground!

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348 - Friday, July 3, 2009 7:10 pm

Name:

Phil Bissell

Location:

Binfield Berkshire

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Comments:

Any crew out there that was on 10sqn between 1981-1984 and remember my name would love to hear from you. Have great memories of the squadron and the great VC10.

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349 - Monday, June 29, 2009 10:11 am

Name:

Mhd Nor Yaacob

Location:

Malaysia

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Comments:


Dear Sir,

This site flood back my memories way back to 1969 and 1971. I travel by an RAF VC10 from Singapore to RAF Brize Norton to attend my 2 year apprenticeship in Aircraft Fitter Electrics at RAF Halton and travel back to Malaysia in 1971 via Singapore 2 years later. I cannot find any other sleek and tenderfull aircraft with it's four engines at the back. I still remember that the seating configuration on an RAF VC10 is backward facing.
Thanks.
Regards.

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350 - Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:30 pm

Name:

chris sliski

Location:

slough / england

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Comments:

so so lucky to have flown a vc-10 G-agsa on an Ian Allen charter flight back in 1971 .Still the most magnificant aircraft and so glad there still flying today...

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351 - Tuesday, June 16, 2009 11:42 pm

Name:

Dave White

Location:

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Comments:

Sunbathing last week (June 8th ish). Heard this loud thunder above. To my amazement saw a VC 10 at about 2,000 feet flying from West to East above me.I live SW of Selby. N.Yorkshire...This has prompted me to sign in. I flew in a RAF Transport Comannd VC10 in 1966 from Singapore to RAF Lynham. Managed to get into the cockpit and the pilot signed the flight menu.I still have it somewhere. Will sign in again when I find it. It has the flight details on it.Dave White

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352 - Sunday, June 14, 2009 5:29 am

Name:

Andy Frish

Location:

South Australia

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Comments:

Delighted to have eyeballed all this assorted VC10 clutter! My father Tony, now nearly 89, still lives with us. He retired from BA's VC10 fleet in June '75. He had the total power failure incident aboard G-ASGL in December '74 over the South China sea and subsequently personally thanked Harry Zeffert who designed the ELRAT which saved them on that occasion. Last VC10 we saw in Adelaide was XR808. The VC10 is held in higher esteem by all who come into contact with it than any other aircraft type I can think of. The wailing banshee sound of those Conways taxiing and the deafening noise and smoke trail of the take off really epitomised the 1960s and 70s. The Peter Pan in me wants to go back and stay there!! Thanks so much for providing this sensational tribute to such a magnificent looking and superbly over-engineered masterpiece!

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353 - Friday, June 12, 2009 12:46 am

Name:

Derek Smith

Location:

canada

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Comments:

Someone out there has the craziest photograph.68/69 RAF Vc10 30000 ft must have been near Vietnam.An American Phantom pulled alongside and stayed quite a while waving and wiggling around.There may have been two of them.Somebody got the pictures.Just wonder if they are out there somewhere

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354 - Sunday, June 7, 2009 6:22 pm

Name:

FrederickFournier

Location:

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Comments:

on5/31/09 i am pretty sure i saw a vc -10 fly overhead at wells maine usa with 4 fighters going east.am i seeing things? i flew in vc-10 from lima peru to newyork via jamica in 1968 as a 14 old.

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355 - Saturday, June 6, 2009 2:43 pm

Name:

Godders

Location:

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Comments:

Had a VC10 do a fly over for my trade training passing out parade at St Athan yesterday. I thought I would go deaf!!

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356 - Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:54 pm

Name:

John Welch

Location:

Bracknell Berkshire

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Comments:

I started my apprenticeship at Vickers Weybridge September 1961 and witnessed the takeoff on that beautifull June day 1962.Everyone was so proud that this aircraft took to the skies with plenty of runway left.Someone said its a good job the earth is round so that the 707's could take off,not that the VC10 needed it.Ha Ha.I flew many times in G-ARTA doing neccesary electrical tests out of Wisley before she could be given the Certificate of Airworthyness. Happy memories.

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357 - Sunday, May 31, 2009 1:29 pm

Name:

Ian Macmillan

Location:

Bishop's Stortford, UK

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Comments:

On Friday 29 May 2009, some 105 members of the 10 Sqn Association, at RAF Brize Norton for its 25th Anniversary visit, were able to fly on a 3hr 50 min AAR sortie, on a North Sea towline off Newcastle. The aircraft used was XV105, originally a 10 Sqn aircraft. It was paired that morning with a Tristar of 216 Sqn, and both shared the trade available, Tornado GR4s and Typhoons, followed by the VC10 getting in a bit of mutual refuelling from the Tristar, so ensuring that the crews ticked plenty of training boxes. Many thanks, as ever, to OC 101 Sqn and his personnel for their fulsome support of these visits.

For the record, my logbook reveals that my last encounter with XV105 had been in January 1978, when we had to carry out a 3-engine ferry from Khartoum to Akrotiri, followed by a weather Diversion into Luton on the way back to the UK. Things went much more smoothly on Friday!

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358 - Saturday, May 30, 2009 6:41 am

Name:

John Davies

Location:

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Comments:

I helped design the Landing Gear and worked on the Test Rig and flew in #1 with Trubshaw.

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359 - Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:11 am

Name:

christine

Location:

stansted essex

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Comments:

my partner has a love affair with the vc10, this year he has a big birthday and im trying to arrange a flight, can anyone help please?

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360 - Sunday, May 24, 2009 1:35 am

Name:

kev malandain

Location:

oxford

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Comments:

recently (2008)flew on XV102-"guy gibson" on a refuelling flight.we flew over the north sea and were joined by 3 typhoons and 2 tornado f3's,it was brilliant !!!!!.:cool. Tip to all who might read this,if you want a flight before the lovely lady is retired,write to the station commander,grp capt brecht,who is very accommadating to society's/clubs/and of course ex military. kevin

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361 - Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:28 am

Name:

ebbie engar

Location:

south africa

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Comments:

I am really facinated with this aircraft.I had flown in this aircraft several times in my young days and always ensured that my flights were on the VC10. Can someone advise me wshere can I obtain a large model of the VC10.

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362 - Friday, May 22, 2009 9:14 am

Name:

Jerry Tweedie

Location:

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Comments:

Best ever looking aircraft,use to fly on them in the 70s from LHR to OZ as a kid

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363 - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 3:16 pm

Name:

Stuart McInnes

Location:

Argyll, Scotland

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Comments:

What can I do to get a flight on a VC-10? I'm a 'would be' pilot, spent many summers 1970-75 in a caravan near Prestwick watching a convoy of Conways line up for runway 13......aaaaah...the sound.....the smell! A stunning design.

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364 - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 10:08 am

Name:

Arthur Osborne

Location:

Iloilo, Philippines

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Comments:

Beautiful aeroplane. I served at Gan and Tengah as a VC10/Hercules TASS.

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365 - Sunday, May 10, 2009 6:54 pm

Name:

Sandy Barnes

Location:

Sussex

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Comments:

Lost the Site-found again!!! Was a Loadmaster on 10Sqn for 6 years. Beautiful a/c to fly in all VC10 personnel brilliant people/ground & aircrew-so 'Thanks for the Good 6 years.

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366 - Sunday, May 10, 2009 5:40 pm

Name:

neville bell

Location:

llangollen

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Comments:

Very interesting site,I flew as an engineer officer on the VC 10 for twelve years with BOAC/BA.Nev Boulton was always good for a story!!Great aircraft one of the best.

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367 - Thursday, May 7, 2009 9:36 pm

Name:

Mike

Location:

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Comments:

This day 45 years ago the Super VC10 made it's first flight.

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368 - Saturday, May 2, 2009 2:20 pm

Name:

George Dutton

Location:

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Comments:

I first flew in a Super VC10 from Heathrow to JFK in April 1969 with my father. I was just 12 years old and captivated by this most beautiful of all commercial airliners. Again in 1977 I flew to JFK from Manchester, via Prestwick. I remamber sitting at the top of Primrose Hill in London in the 1970's and 1980's watching the wonderful, majestic sight of a VC10 coming in over North London before making the turn westward for finals into Heathrow. Even the Concorde did not make such an impression upon me.

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369 - Thursday, April 23, 2009 4:27 pm

Name:

Larry[geordie]Dodds [ground radar 69/70]

Location:

Scottish borders

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Comments:

Flew to RAF GAN in the VC10 69,now we are having a reunion on Gan march 2010 and are hoping some of the aircrew that flew to Gan over the years can join in and come to the reunion.We have over 40 ex-gannites now of various trades but as yet no aircrew. Contact....Gannitekos@aol.com....everyone very welcome....Larry

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370 - Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:47 am

Name:

John Lush

Location:

Sydney, Australia

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Comments:

A nostalgic site as the VC-10 was the first aircraft I flew in (London - Frankfurt - Kano - Lagos). Thanks!

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371 - Friday, April 17, 2009 12:34 am

Name:

Derek Smith

Location:

Canada

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Comments:

Great site for a great era.I grew up in Hong Kong as an Army kid and remember the VC 10 as the most exciting thing I had ever seen.We travelled to and from the UK on Vicsounts and Brittanias and it used to take 2or3 days each way,all going well.The VC 10 was like a spaceship and yes we all got to "fly the plane"while the pilot had a nap. Thaks for a great site

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372 - Sunday, April 12, 2009 9:21 pm

Name:

Iain harwood

Location:

taunton, somerset

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Comments:

I first flew on a VC10 from Ceylon to Heathrow every school holiday from 1969 to 1973. I was also allowed on occasions to visit the cockpit, which would be unheard of these days. The aircraft holds very many happy memories for me, especially when I saw her at Yeovil air day a few years back.

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373 - Tuesday, March 31, 2009 7:46 pm

Name:

Terry Darch

Location:

Taunton, Somerset

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Comments:

I was a Fireman at RAF Brize Norton when the VC10's first arrived

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374 - Tuesday, March 24, 2009 1:47 pm

Name:

Mark Bilney

Location:

Cornwall

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Comments:

First flew on a BOAC VC10 when I was 2. At 18, and fresh out of RAF Halton, I was posted onto LSS 'F Troop' heavy rects team (10 Sqn), RAF Brize Norton where I spent 5 years up to my armpits in flap and slat snags and engine changes. In 1997 I went to 1 Sqn, RAF St Athan as an engineering officer where I had the privilege of working with a great team who turned the fortunes of the VC10 major programme around. The VC10 - a beauty in the air and a beast to work on!

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375 - Saturday, March 14, 2009 10:59 pm

Name:

Bryan Rhoden

Location:

UK

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Comments:

As en ex-VC10 engineer circa 1966/8 I enjoyed the site with its good references. Please keep it up to date

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376 - Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5:54 pm

Name:

Chris Lovejoy

Location:

Soon to be Singapore

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Comments:

Served as an ground eng on 101sqn for 6 fantastic years. Loved every minute and some great trips. Still is Queen of the Skies

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377 - Tuesday, March 3, 2009 5:15 pm

Name:

paul hobbs

Location:

N Surrey

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Comments:

I worked on BOAC's VC10 as an apprentice back in the 1960's. We are hoping to have a reunion this year, our 50th since joining in 1959. Do you know any apprentices who joined BOAC or BEA at that time? Please contact us

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378 - Thursday, February 26, 2009 8:22 am

Name:

Helmut Von Hoebstemeyer

Location:

Abu Dhabi

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Comments:

Website recommanded by an ex-BA Operations Manager.
Very nice pictures and lot of infos.
Rgds

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379 - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 7:39 pm

Name:

Rajan Nair

Location:

Miami, FL USA

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Comments:

Amazing. Just brings back so much memories. First ride early 1960's BOM-BAH. As a very young boy sure helped me make up my mind as to what I wanted to do in my life. My Mom, who is in heaven, absolutely loved the VC-10. Got a chance to look inside the huge cockpit a couple of yrs ago at FLL. RAF had one go thru there. Great job and THANK YOU.

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380 - Tuesday, February 24, 2009 5:41 pm

Name:

Malcolm de Garis

Location:

Vale of Glamorgan

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Comments:

On first 10 Sqn VC10 course, trained by BOAC at Cranebank. Posted as instructor when RAF Redifon 10 Sim installed at Brize. Subsequently took over from Sim Project pilot on his move to the sqn. Am now living close to St Athan & frequently see & hear the RAF 10s as they rotate through for major servicing. Judging by v late delivery from Airbus it is likely that the RAF 10s will have been in service for 50 yrs. Will this be a record???

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381 - Friday, February 13, 2009 6:19 pm

Name:

Alan Ratcliffe

Location:

West Sussex

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Comments:

I flew these beautiful aircraft as a captain with E.A.A. and have 4,500 hours on the type. I have since flown B737's and B757's, but still think that the Super VC10 was the nicest, most gentle - and, let's face it. - the easiest aeroplane I have ever flown.

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382 - Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:46 pm

Name:

nigel tench

Location:

Manchester

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I am an aicraft dispatcher at Manchester Airport. I was great to see a RAF VC10 divert in from Brize, it brought back many happy memories. Still looks fantastic

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383 - Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:54 pm

Name:

Chris Sellen

Location:

Southampton

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Comments:

My first flight at 15 was on a Super out of Heathrow, down to Channel Is and back - Ian Allen special trip.
Remember how the fuselage "creaked". We were even allowed on the Flight Deck, the clarity of the view was astounding (especially compared with the 'screen of my venerable AA-5 today).

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384 - Tuesday, January 27, 2009 4:04 pm

Name:

Charles Dale

Location:

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Comments:

Quite fascinating

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385 - Sunday, January 25, 2009 4:40 am

Name:

David

Location:

Dunedin, New Zealand

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Comments:

An amazing site.
Always been keen on commercial airliners and have at this stage flown aboard almost every type. But for some reason the VC10 remains distinct!
Had just one trip (wish I knew the tail number!)
BOAC, London to Singapore in Nov 1971 on way to New Zealand.
We stopped at several places which made the flight much more of an adventure. Unlike todays "One stop Auckland-London"
Could not compare it with much at the time as I had only been on one other airliner - a BAC 1-11. But I do recall the smoothness and comfort and the wonderful service by the cabin staff
The views of the Himalayas as we flew over India were stunning and I remember them as if it were just yesterday.
Well done on a great site for a grand aeroplane

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386 - Thursday, January 22, 2009 11:36 pm

Name:

Jon Smethurst

Location:

London UK

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Comments:

Interesting site bringing back lots of memories to a 1960's junior Jetclub member!
As well as the professionalism/decorum from all the BOAC cabin crew at the time, whatever class you flew, (sadly no longer the case with BA) I remember my first flight (flying back from Hong Kong on an RAF VC10) via Gan? island in the Indian Ocean.
Later, when my father was posted to St Lucia we flew the BOAC Super VC10 Heathrow to Antigua route and on take off from Bermuda or Antigua the overhead air conditioning unit would always leak and drip all over the place keeping the cabin crew busy for a while.
Nice site. Thank you

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387 - Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:06 am

Name:

alan jenkins

Location:

sussex

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Comments:

great site, but do seem to remember a big fat thing and a beautifull slim thing with whirly things on the front of the wings being at Brize as well as the parafin cans ! still, brought back many happy memories.

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388 - Saturday, January 10, 2009 7:12 pm

Name:

Richard Stewart

Location:

Norwich, UK

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Comments:

Found you from links at scottish crash sites. I'm interested 'cos I was slightly involved with the process of introducing the K2 & K3 tankers.

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389 - Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:30 am

Name:

ronny k

Location:

Savannah GA - USA

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Comments:

The VC-10 is my favorite airliner. When I was a boy, I used to fly the BOAC route from JFK-MBJ (New York City to Montego Bay, Jamica) a few times a year with my family. The VC-10 in the BOAC Livery has to be the most elegant looking passenger aircraft ever produced. I miss the old speedbird!

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390 - Friday, January 2, 2009 10:00 pm

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I was at Brize for 7years working on the VC10.The best a/c I ever wotked on. I was a trouble shooter for two years. I was a SNCO A FIT A.

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391 - Thursday, December 25, 2008 5:47 pm

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Barry Brind

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I did 3 tours as an Aircraft Electrical Engineer on RAF VC10s (10 Sqdn) at Brize Norton in the 70s and was looking at the History page and was surprised to see a sepia photo of a VC10 with Prince Charles. The surprise was that the person third from the left is me!! The odd thing is that I don't remember the photo being taken. The trip was to take Prince Charles to the Independant Celebrations in Fiji. It was a great trip,we circumnavigated the world twice, once out to drop him off and then round again to pick him up.

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392 - Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:53 am

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Lucas

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Hey!
I"m proud to see that great aircraft, the VC-10, have an great website like this in it"s memory, history and usage.
And, i"m really glad to announce that i saw one RAF VC-10 in Recife International Airport(REC) - Guararapes Intl" that stay stopped for a little bit more than one week in a remote area, close to two VASP Abandoned aircraft.
I Can show some pictures!

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393 - Saturday, December 13, 2008 12:24 am

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DON GREEN

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This site brings back memories as I worked at Weybridge from 1953 to 1976 as a fitter/assembler on the Valiant, Vanguard and VC10.I managed to get a trip on an early VC10 from Wisley.It was full of imstrumentation, no seats or belts just sat on the floor,I don't know how it was allowed. It was a test flight which consisted of climbing and descending and operating the wing spoilers. quite an experience considering the seating arrangements !!!

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394 - Sunday, December 7, 2008 10:30 pm

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Timothy evans

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I was a GA with BOAC from 1967 to 70. For the last year I was based in Control Centre in TBA Building. I loved the work, tracking the flights worldwide. We did it all with chalk and board with information coming in from Telex. I knew all the aircraft and worked with some fine people.
For my 21st Birthday I took my mother back to NZ and we did the routing on a VC10: LHR>JFK>LAX>HNL>NAD and then on to AKL in a DC9 of ANZ. Have I got the codes correct? The flight was smooth all the way and we got a bulkhead seat. The Captain in those days would walk through the cabin and ask if one was alright.
Those were the days. On the demise of the VC10 my BA chum blamed noise and fuel hungry engines.
But oh the memories.

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395 - Saturday, August 30, 2008 11:57 pm

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Colin Samson

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Thanks for compiling this wonderful VC10 archive.

As an 11 or 12 year old, I clearly remember the BOAC VC10 making its test-flight into the old Lusaka airport in 1963 or 1964. Everyone watching was awestruck on first viewing the VC10, the first passenger jet to land at Lusaka; it was to replace the Bristol Britannia on the route to and from London.

In December 1966 I returned from UK boarding school & I flew on a VC10 for the first time, on G-ARVH (of which I have a monochrome photo) from Heathrow via Nairobi to Ndola in Zambia. It was the first of 19 flights on VC10s. Sometimes I flew British United Airways via Entebbe, sometimes East African Airways via Nairobi & Dar-Es-Salaam. I once remember being told, shortly after leaving London, that we would be landing in TEHRAN at XX:xx hours. I was in shock & thought that I had got on the wrong flight; but it was a detour because of "The Six Day War"!

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396 - Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:50 pm

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Peter Allin

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This is fantastic! As A school boy living in Africa, I flew on BOAC VC-10's quite a few times, mainly between Salisbury and Nairobi and Nairobi and Khartoum (return) and travelled on G-ARVF and G-ARVG for sure. What great flights. I remember on one occassion landing in Nairobi and nobody realised that we had already contacted the tarmac until the reverse thrust came on. Everyone spontaneously applauded. I have flown a lot and that goes down as the smoothest landing of all. I have very much enjoyed visiting your site - many thanks.

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397 - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 12:40 pm

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Les Samuels

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worked on VC10'S in the RAF as a transit aircraft servicing specialist in singapore and cyprus and in the major servicing hangar at brize as a trade manager
the best aircraft I ever worked on. I mentioned to a fellow member of the historical aircraft restoration society here in oz he was ex quantas and he stated that it was a most sophisticated aircraft. of course I couldn't agree more. thanks for an excellent site

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398 - Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:13 pm

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Alan Ratcliffe

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I was a senior captain with East African Airways and flew over 4500 hours on VC10's

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399 - Sunday, August 24, 2008 3:28 pm

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Trevor James Marshall

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Great Site, I have flown on the "ten" quite a few times in it's RAF Form.
First time was in 1974 with a flight to Akrotiri with my mum & younger Brother To join my dad out there who was taking up his 3 year RAF Posting. I stayed awake all flight which took off from Brize Norton at 02.00am in the morning.
My last flight on the VC 10 was in 1983 where i sat in the jump seat to watch landing at Acension Islands from the cockpit. i think i flew in the VC10 5 times on long distant overseas flights.
Would love to fly in the 10 again.
Trevor

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400 - Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:43 pm

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very comprehensive site - I was a passenger on VC10 MK1 historic flight number Ascot 2085, which on the 21st November 1986 over Italian airspace, became the RAF's first strategic overseas air to air refuelling carried out with a full passenger compliment. I still have the certificate presented to us.

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401 - Saturday, August 9, 2008 3:49 pm

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Like the site - I worked as a steward on the VC10 from early 1972 and always had fond memories of flying on it. I am now a senior Cabin Service Director flying 747-400 and 777 aircraft for BA. When I tell my young crew stories of 21 day trips around the world with BOAC they are aghast!

also they do not believe me when i say the navigator used to poke a sextant through the roof and guide us by the stars!

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402 - Friday, August 8, 2008 3:53 am

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George Knott

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Hi there! What an opportunity of good fortune. I am slowly returning to the computer after a bout of with chronic illness,only to "Discover" your VC-10
website. Little, by little, I venture into your website. Personally, I believe you have done a great job in looking after this grand lady of the skies. I love the VC-1O aircraft especially from the view point of its superb engineering design and construction. Probably, a comparable aeroplane design of excellence would be the; Lockheed L-1011-Dash 500 TriStar airliner? Lastly, keep your VC-10 work going. I am looking more for so called
"Walk Around" details and airframe technical material. Lastly, I appreciate you and your passion for the VC-10 one hundred percent.

Best Regards:
George Knott.

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403 - Tuesday, August 5, 2008 5:04 pm

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Colin Pritchard

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Wiltshire

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F/E on VC10's
10 Sqn 1972 to 1976
Gulf Air 1976/77
Then TriStars and DC10s to flying retirement 2001

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404 - Saturday, August 2, 2008 9:43 pm

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A.S.Mathew

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After staying one night in London (reaching from India) I had to borad
a VC 10 of BOAC. My two friends forgot to take their travel documents from the hotel, so I had to get them
through the help of the hotel bus. So, we got lucky, all the economy seats were filled, so we got seats in
first class, and it was a treat without
paying a dollar extra. The take off
was smooth and less noisy than Boeing
707. After one stop at Montreal, we
were safely reached in Chicago on 10th
January, 1971. It was great aircraft
of that era of aviation.

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405 - Thursday, July 31, 2008 11:27 am

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Pete Foster

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First flew in the magnificent VC 10 in March 1971.Manchester to New York,La Guardia.
Never forget it !!

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406 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 1:34 am

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daniel welland

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My father flew Vc-10s for B.O.A.C and BA and Gulf Airways retired when they retired Now lives in Nova Scotia

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407 - Tuesday, July 15, 2008 3:45 pm

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Joel Kosminsky

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I joined BOAC in Sep69; frequent flyers, usually Americans would moan that the VC10 was slower than the 707. 'Ah yes, but quality before quantity...' and give them a [pre-decimal currency] threepenny bit (coin with 12 sides). 'Balance it on a 707's armrests, in flight...' Impossible; then we'd say, 'then do it on a VC10' (very possible) and sell them the smoother, quieter ride. Never mind the 'basket-weave' interiors! Class always shows - great website.

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408 - Sunday, July 6, 2008 8:56 pm

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Steve Date

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worked for BAe in the 80's. Worked on the tanker conversion program and remember the tail spar incident. What has not been mentioned is the loss of a hose reel over wales in the early part of the 80's whilst testing ZA141.(landed on a welsh farm) sad to hear that the K2's are now scrapped. It was a nice aircraft but had its testing time whilst doing the conversion mod. After this worked on the F111 (another aircratf that has been moth balled and scrapped). Nice site with plenty of info.

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409 - Friday, July 4, 2008 8:17 pm

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Paul Boulter

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Lancaster Pa USA

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Hoping to locate the following ex AS on 10 Sqn 1984-1988 Barry Penny,Mick Stoppford,Phill Bissil,Graeme Squires,Fletch the Letch(Chris FLetcher) and Tony Willis and Nick who married Sharon(american girl) and moved the NY area??.. Paul Boulter

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410 - Friday, July 4, 2008 8:11 pm

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Paul Boulter

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Lancster PA USA

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Would love to hear from ex Air Stds from 1984-1988.. Have lived and worked in the USA for 11 years..**UNITED AIRLINES**(UAL)..E mail me at the above address: Pauluanne@hotmail.com

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411 - Tuesday, July 1, 2008 10:57 am

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Bob Butt

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Nice site. Worked on this beast for 19 years in the raf all mks c1 k2 k3 k4.WO Butt MBE

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412 - Monday, June 23, 2008 9:01 pm

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Andy

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London

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Ex- RAF. Used to regularly fly in Nimrods. On detatchment to Florida we flew VC-10s refueling at Halifax. Lovely smooth ride. Dont like facing backwards though.

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413 - Monday, June 23, 2008 12:17 am

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michael g

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Was lucky enough to get a Family Day ride on XV107 this weekend. Flew from BZZ up to Hull and past over Humberside Airport at 300 feet before flying back down the east coast to Norfolk before heading inland and back to rainy Oxfordshire. This was my 1st flight on a VC10 in over 30 years - and there's not too many aircraft you can say that about! The flight was as smooth and solid as I remember from my childhood, and the power and speed set the VC10 apart as a real thoroughbred among aircraft. And that wonderful noise!
I've also won a bid to fly out on '10 with 3 friends on a refuelling sortie. While her days may be numbered, the VC10 is a testament to the superb design and engineering of all those at Weybridge.

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414 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:32 am

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linda french

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Flew BOAC and BA from 1974 to 1988 on VC10s/707s and then Tristars. Still miss the good old VC10 days! Great website.

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415 - Friday, June 13, 2008 5:39 pm

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Vic Rowse

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What a lovely site. I worked on 10's at BZN for about a year before I left the RAF. I joined BOAC and was put on -- the American fleet!! The guy who joined at the same time ( ex FAA, Sea Vixen trained ) was put on VC-10's,ah well.I still think it is the Best Airliner built.During my time on B707/747 and most of the Boeing range I worked with someone who was on the VC10 developments at Weybridge. Please keep the site alive, Thank You.

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416 - Saturday, June 7, 2008 10:29 pm

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Did around 18months on the 707/vc10 fleet, in 197273,great days, anybody out there still got one of the ,Id rather be flying BOAC,stickers,love to stick one on the car again.

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417 - Friday, June 6, 2008 8:48 pm

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Ian Harwood

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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While sitting at work today looking out over the Calgary International Airport, I saw an RAF VC10 taking off. It reminded me of when I was 14 and used to take the train from Wimbledon to Woking and always had my binoculars ready as we would pass the Weybridge airfield. I never had the opportunity of flying in a VC10 but I always loved the design and remember watching its maiden flight on TV. Thanks for a great and interesting site.

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418 - Tuesday, June 3, 2008 2:42 pm

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Ric Rothney

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michigan USA

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I first flew a BOAC VC10 from London to Lagos in 1966. As a 10 y/o, I received a logbook and a set of wings. Another VC10 trip was on East African Airways from Nairobi to Addis Ababa. The pilot had to dip below the clouds to find the airport.

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419 - Friday, May 23, 2008 3:17 pm

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Caroline Guest

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Hook, Hampshire

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Used to fly regularly on the VC10 to and from Brunei in the mid-70's. Normally and 18 hour flight with two refuelling stops in Middle East & Colombo. Great memories - was on the last VC10 flight to Brunei before the switched to 747's. Great aircraft, many happy memories.

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420 - Sunday, May 18, 2008 1:03 pm

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Tarka

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England

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I served in the RAF and flew on 2 VC10's, XV107 from Brize Norton to Ascension Island via Dakar, Senegal. Also XR806 from Guetersloh in Germany to Brize Norton. Great aircraft to fly in.

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421 - Monday, May 12, 2008 11:47 am

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Paul Mills

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Johannesburg South Africa

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Hi Jelle
Congratulations on what must be the best VC10 site in the world!
Just for Information, Jet-X have released a large number of 1/400 scale RAF VC10's in basic "white top", RAE, tanker and commemorative versions, two early Ghana AW versions , Gemini has issued a 1/400 K4 version, and Inflight500 has released the British Airways "red tail" 1/500 version.
Full details can be obtained on the website "wings900.com"
Regards from Johannesburg
Paul

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422 - Sunday, May 11, 2008 11:42 am

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Victoria Ball

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Thank you for a great web site. i flew as cabin crew for many years,as cabin crew. in fact through to their demise with BA. pity the last flight was not in BOAC colours. that would have been a real cracker to see. my first a/c was GASGC which is now preserved at duxford. makes me feal old. however i do have some stories. if you wish them.
Regards Vikki

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423 - Friday, May 9, 2008 11:32 pm

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some good pictres of abingdon

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424 - Tuesday, April 29, 2008 10:31 pm

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Lorenzo Varin

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I am too young to have flown on such magnificient aircraft! At least I can relieve this pain with my 1:400 models!

Thanks for the great work and dedication!

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425 - Saturday, April 26, 2008 2:16 pm

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Jim Fleming

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NY, USA

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I am pleased I found this site regarding the beautiful VC-10.
I recall a trip I took with my family from NY to Bermuda in 1970, and we were fortunate enough to fly on the BOAC VC-10 .This trip was especially memorable to me as a 12 year old kid as, mid-flight, my father made arrangements with the pilots for me to sit in the cockpit for a while. The pilots sat on very thin seats.
They showed me all the instruments and I specially remember the pilot pointing down to a radar screen to the left side of his seat, and I could see the shape of Bermuda approaching.
A great memory and a great airplane.

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426 - Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:39 am

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brian ham

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used to fly these back in the 60's and 70's. A BOAC vc10 in blue and gold livery on an african airfiel at night was a sight that I will never forget

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427 - Sunday, April 13, 2008 10:50 pm

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Alastair Jordan

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Excellent website, which brought back memories of flying to and from St Lucia in VC10s in the early seventies. I have a few photos somewhere of those days, and will dig them out and send them sometime, together with a bit of a spiel about the very basic facilities at Hewanorra when it opened up to the four engine jobs.

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428 - Friday, April 4, 2008 3:32 pm

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John Trevett

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Found the site while looking for old colleagues from Brooklands and Wisley. Was a Vickers/BAC EngineerApprentice 1959 to 1964 and Flight Test Engineer 1964-1966. Worked on VC10 landing gears in the Cathedral and later at Wisley in Flight Test on G-ARTA and G-ASGG. Many happy hours as self loading freight late 1960s- early 70s.

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429 - Friday, April 4, 2008 12:04 pm

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Michael Charles Bartholomew

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Great site, Marking one of the most beautiful aircraft to ever of graced the skies of earth, The VC10 Has realy catched my heart and imagenation. Shes a work of art. Shes our concorde moment Irraplacable, Nothing will ever beat the sound of 4 Rolls Royce Conway jets. Its like they choose only the best melodys by using a tuning fork, Nothing will ever be anyware near as beautiful as this bird was. VC10 We love you.

Brilliant site aswell people, Keep up the good work, Youre marking one of the most beautiful aircraft to have ever graced the skies of earth.

Keep up the good work.

Mike (west Midlands)

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430 - Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:53 pm

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Mike Rowley

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Fell in love with the vc10 on 22/12/1968 when left for changi, singapore via muhharraq and Gan, in XV105, have loved the plane ever since, returned in 1971 on XR806 via Gan and Akrotiri, cyprus, fond memories and stories

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431 - Tuesday, April 1, 2008 11:32 pm

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Richard Smith

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Despite having made over 400 flights as a passenger on commercial aircraft, I will always remember my first (42 years ago) on G-ARVH and those on G-ARVB and G-ASGF/P/R. What a beautiful airplane! As a schoolboy I was lucky to visit Brooklands as a guest of BAC on a cold winter's day and to see close up the final Super VC10 before her maiden flight and later delivery to EAA. What memories!

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432 - Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:16 am

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A DONOHUE

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cURRENTLY WORKING ON REAPIRS ON THE MK 3 ZA 148, THE AIRCRAFT IS CURRENTLY UNDER MAJOR REPAIRS TO GET HER BACK IN THE SKY

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433 - Tuesday, March 25, 2008 10:53 am

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Ollie Alderson

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I flew the VC10 with the RAF from 1978 to 1993 when I retired. This looks as though it could be a very interesting site.

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434 - Monday, March 10, 2008 11:52 pm

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Davies, John

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Used to work at Weybridge -- designed Landing Gear Shock Strut. Do you have any Pictures of the drop test rigs at Weybridge?:

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435 - Wednesday, March 5, 2008 12:38 am

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KEITH TG NEVIN the globalmariner

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WONDERFUL MEMORY

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436 - Monday, March 3, 2008 3:03 am

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mike bushell

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Markham,Ontario,Canada

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Just surfed in as an airplane enthusiast and have flown in a VC-10 in the 70's to and from Torornto/Manchester.Used to have a personal flight log from BOAC and get it signed as a kid whenever I flew to England to see my relatives. It was amazing to ask and receive a qiuck view of the cockpit up close. Excellent website!Lots of great memories. Thanks!!
Mike Bushell

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437 - Saturday, March 1, 2008 6:56 pm

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Victoria Ball

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Brixham Devon

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hJust to see if it was of intrest as i am old vc10 cabin crew from 1973 onwards, i do miss them.

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438 - Friday, February 29, 2008 6:14 pm

Name:

Bob Baker

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Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire

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I was a graduate trainee with Rolls Royce Aero engines in Derby, 1969 to 1971. We were all very proud of the pioneering work being done on the RB211 at that time. What a delightful surprise to see your magnificent pictures of G-AXLR flight testing the RB 211! Many thanks.

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439 - Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:27 am

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Vladimir N Poppe

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Was on the PPRuNe and came across your site!Looks good,have always liked the VC10 does bring back memories of the Gentler Days of Air Tavel!

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440 - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 11:06 pm

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chris

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still miss the good old days on the VC10 to and from Hong Kong

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441 - Saturday, February 23, 2008 12:21 pm

Name:

Ted Ivatts

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Rusilip Middx

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I am a retired BOAC/BA Communications Officer. I was initially on Western Routes but later, after promotion I looked after
our Ground Commns in Eastern Routes - All stations between Beirut and Honolulu. I travelled extensively and flew on all of our VC10s and 707s and 747s at one time or another. My favourite Aircraft was the VC10, the best of the lot.

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442 - Saturday, February 16, 2008 10:35 pm

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Al Crawford

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Interesting site!
My first ever flight was on a VC10, and I was wondering if there was any way to find out which particular VC10 it was.... It was about May 20th 1968 (+/- 7 days) from Prestwick to JFK, en route to a new life in Jamaica. I was 5 years old, and it was my first (and last!) flight in the first class section (paid for by my fathers employers). It made a lasting impression on me, as I have been a fan of all types of travel since then. Not so keen on the modern version of air travel now; it just isn't the same. My fathers job later took him to the Seychelles, and I was fortunate to again fly on a VC10, this time it was G-ASGB, sometime in March 77. LHR to Seychelles via Addis Abbaba. This time it was the economy section, but none the worse for that! Soon after the route was taken over by the 747.
Thanks for the VC10 memories.

Al.

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443 - Saturday, February 16, 2008 3:05 am

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Bert Hombergen

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Homosassa, Florida, USA

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Hi Jelle,
My son drew my attention to your website. You have done a magnificent job promoting the (S)VC-10.
I flew SVC-10s with East African Airways from Oct. 1971 till Febr.1974.
Then joined Gulf Air to fly their VC-10s from March 1974 till Nov. 1975, at which time I transferred to the TriStar (L1011).
The (S)VC-10 was really a joy to fly.
I compared it to driving a sports-car.
Are there any other Dutchmen who flew (S)VC-10s? I wonder. Let me know if you know of any.
If I can help with further information,
let me know.
Cordially
Bert Hombergen

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444 - Monday, February 4, 2008 2:37 pm

Name:

Jean Lyon

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Modbury, Devon

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As a BUA and BCAL stewardess from 1970 to 1986, my first long haul aircraft was the BUA VC10 G-ARTA. What a lovely aircraft it was. I flew on our VC10s for 4 years before transferring to the 707. Not the same at all

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445 - Monday, January 28, 2008 12:15 am

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Robert Strudwick

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Was SAC Telegraphist at HQPG (C/S MPG) at Jufair naval base (just outside Manama, capital Bahrain). Did SAR with 201 Sqn Schakletons out of Sharjah. Prior to this was at RAF Muharaq. Loved the VC10, or 'Goz-hom-bird' as we called it as we flew back to blighty at the end of our tour of duty in it.

Loved the colour of the VC10 from BOAC with it's bright blue tailfin illuminated at night when it was parked outside the airport lounge area.

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446 - Friday, January 25, 2008 5:44 pm

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Loren Roque

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This is a wonderful site devoted to this beautiful airliner. I lived under the approach pattern of Los Angeles Int'l runways 25 L&R, and I got to see the Super VC-10 every day. Sometimes my dad would take me to Aviation Blvd right at the runways end, and I knew the "10" with my eyes closed, as the four Rolls Royce engines have a distinctive sound like no other. The VC-10 was such a beautiful aircraft; I even got inside of one during a "quicky tour".I am happy that the RAF is keeping the VC-10's alive. I also saw Concorde at LAX in 1974 during the "World Tour"; another marvelous aircraft.

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447 - Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:51 pm

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BRIAN PAGE

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I was a BOAC engineering apprentice introduced to the '10' back in '73. I gained my first licence on RR Conway in '76. Now with BA still working on RR engines on the B757 & 767 fleets. Your site brings back happy memories.

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448 - Wednesday, January 23, 2008 11:50 pm

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Jack Safarik

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Only one trip in a VC10, Colombo to Singapore in 1968; and it was a fine ride indeed.

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449 - Friday, January 11, 2008 11:58 pm

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maury cagle

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I had the good fortune to be on the inaugural transatlantic run of the Super VC-10. At the time, I was News Director of American Forces Network, Europe, located in Frankfurt, Germany. There were about a half dozen BOAC pilots, and many technical staff aboard for the run. The BOAC chief test pilot made the landing in NYC--easily, the best landing I have ever experienced. It was a comfortable, quiet, marvelous aircraft.
Best, Maury

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450 - Saturday, January 5, 2008 9:00 pm

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Penny Tondeur

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Great site! Brings back lots of good memories. Flew with BUA for several years. What a great aircraft!Recognize several names!

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451 - Friday, January 4, 2008 10:27 pm

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Andy Thompson (ex Cpl - RAF)

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Thoroughly enjoy the website, particularly reading the article 'The Old Lady needs a Hip Replacement'. An opportunity to read and re-live how such a difficult task was carried out, especially since the method used was not in the Maintenance Procedure and was unorthodox to say the least. All the same, a superb article and website.

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452 - Friday, January 4, 2008 12:55 pm

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Chris Warner

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A splendid collection of history and images. Brought a tear to the eye, especially as a one time BOAC employee (1969 - 1974). My employment coincided with the delivery of G-ASGR and we were treated to a visit to its cockpit while hangered in TBA.

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453 - Friday, January 4, 2008 11:56 am

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Joop Thuring

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a) once a passenger on a Kano - Rome trip (1966).
b) within our community we have a Sergeant Thompsonstraat (subtitle: F/Sgt George Thompson, V.C).
c) considering to transfer an IL-62 paper modell outlay into a RAF VC 10.

Vr.gr., Joop Thuring

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454 - Monday, December 31, 2007 11:41 pm

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H R Kloppenburg

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I was a passenger in a British United Airways VC10 from Toronto Ontario Airport to Gatwick in 1968. It was a magnificient flight. It was my first trans-Atlantic flight. The flight was quiet. The BUA aircrew were great. I haven't repeated the VC10 experience in many years since of trans-Atlantic flights.

The failure of commerical airlines to recognize the appeal and the flight quality of the VC10 is a contemporary aviation tragedy.

HRK

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455 - Sunday, December 30, 2007 10:53 am

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Ron Turner

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My first flight on a jet was with BOAC out of Lusaka Zambia back and fore to the UK when I was working on the Zambian Copper Belt. My one memory of VC10's was leaving Heathrow to go back to Zambia on a VC10 that was not carrying many passengers . My wife woke me up in Entebbe and asked why where soldiers on the plane .?
That was a scary time of being guests of Idi Amin before we were flown out on a British Caledonian VC 10 to Lusaka.
The VC10 ran out of fuel , no AC , toilets backed up etc before we were allowed off the plane .Is there anyone else out there wqho can remeber this incedent

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456 - Sunday, December 30, 2007 5:24 am

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congrats on a great website!

its probably very difficult to find, but i would love to see some pics of the BOAC VC-10's cabins, or even better, a seating plan!

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457 - Saturday, December 29, 2007 1:49 am

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Bruce Sweeting

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Amazing web page, my father worked for BOAC in Oz, I have many memories of flights in VC-10's. One in particular when we flew from Hong Kong to LHR via Delhi or Bombay I cannot remember which one. But in transit my father left his ticket on the plane and one burley Sikh took exception to this for some reason even though we have transit pass. It was quite funny to see my father have quick body search undertaken by such a burley security guy. My first and only taste of India.

Cheers
Bruce

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458 - Thursday, December 27, 2007 4:37 pm

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Durand

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Saint Cloud / West of Paris

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From a lover of 4haulers, very nice website. Good to see this wonderful looking jet remembered.
When in boarding school during the 60's I used to fly twice down to Douala/Cameroon for school holidays. The favorite flight was on Fridays and was operated by UTA with DC.8s from LBG with en route stops at Nice and LAGOS, which provided with prime views over the BOAC VC10 alongside of which our Eight was parked. I was always facsinated by the VC10. I flew quite a few 707s, some 720s, a couple of CV990s, a good suppluy of DC.8s and a couple of IL62s, but sadly, never a VC10, by far my biggest regret
Keep the good work flying
Regards
Alain Durand

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459 - Wednesday, December 26, 2007 1:06 am

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Ronnie

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Great website! OK here is my memiors of the VC 10. I am 47 today, grew up within 2 miles from JFK runway 22L. friends and I used to play this game of "guessing" what type of aircraft was landing at JFK without looking up at 700-1200 feet to see the aircraft on final. By FAR the easiest plane to tell without looking was the VC-10! It had the MOST distinctive sound of ANY commercial plane in the sky in those days by far. A super high-pitched whine that was music to all of our ears. Nothing in the air sounded anything like it, nothing! The most beautiful commercial jetliner ever built! The VC-10!

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460 - Monday, December 24, 2007 6:22 pm

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Paul English

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Swindon

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Enjoyed my time loading the 10 and flying in her too..!!!
Just glad it was the "engineers" who became the 1st to "tip a 10" and not the Movers. Sad to see her retired before the 40th anniversary.

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461 - Friday, December 21, 2007 2:06 pm

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Neil Richards

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Eynsham, Oxfordshire

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Fantastic site! I have lived under the flightpath of Brize Norton for nearly 30 years and never get bored of that lovely sound of Conways! Just got Corgis VC-10 C1, its a beauty! Long may the VC-10 continue in service.

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462 - Thursday, December 20, 2007 1:42 pm

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Ivan Colledge

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Sunshine Coast Australia

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I had a memorable short trip Auckland/Melbourne. Beautiful aircraft. Wish economy seats were like that today.

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463 - Sunday, December 16, 2007 1:29 pm

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Paul Haskett

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Melbourne Australia

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Great Site.
My Father flew Vc10s With Middle East Airlines in the late 60s. He always refered to it as the Queen Of The Skies

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