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

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Colin Samson

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Winscombe, Somerset, UK

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

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Peter Allin

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Javea, Spain

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

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Les Samuels

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Australia

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

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Alan Ratcliffe

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Haywards heath, U,K.

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

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Trevor James Marshall

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Doncaster

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

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Dean

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

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Andy Webb

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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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424 - 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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