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
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.
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???
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.
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).