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  • tim41
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    A true classic of British aircraft design. Amazing to think that the first passenger ones flew 50 years ago, although these final RAF tankers aren’t quite that old. The sight and sound of the VC-10 will be missed far more than the Tristars which aren’t far behind for retirement.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    13.15 – Prestwick

    Both aircraft are expected to return to Brize Norton by 13.45

    They’re not planning on a gentle cruise then?

    I presume those are ones I had a small involvement in the refurbishment and upgrade to AAR – 5 of them sitting in the hangar at Filton (the same hangar Concorde was built in) was an impressive sight, even if they were mostly in pieces and on jacks at the time.

    Edit: a bit of research suggests the last one I was involved with was retired in March 🙁

    renton
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    Going to miss the sound of those 4 Conway engines ramping up!!

    scuttler
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    Not sure if this has been posted but the last to RAF VC-10’s will be doing some final flypasts today:

    VC10 – The Final Chapter

    As the meritous, 50 year, service of the RAF VC-10 draws to a close, the last two aircraft (ZA147 and ZA150) will conduct their final air-to-air refuelling sortie, then diverge to carry out fly pasts of various locations around the UK, on Friday 20th September 2013.

    The aircraft are expected to fly according to the following schedule:

    ZA147 –
    12.20 – Newcastle
    12.40 – Warton
    13.05 – RAF Conninsby (VC10 will be accompanied by a GR4)
    13.15 – RAF Marham (VC10 will be accompanied by a GR4)
    13.35 – Birmingham

    ZA150 –
    12.35 – RAF Lossiemouth (VC10 will be accompanied by a GR4)
    12.55 – RAF Leuchars (VC10 will be accompanied by a Typhoon)
    13.15 – Prestwick

    Both aircraft are expected to return to Brize Norton by 13.45 for a final fly past at 14.00.

    All times are local, and subject to change, based on the conditions of the day and aircraft availability.

    Sources

    http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafbrizenorton/newsweather/index.cfm?storyid=220D244C-5056-A318-A886E23E7E6AF909

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-24165590

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