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C/n 808 - G-ARVF
C/n 809 - G-ARVG - ZA141
C/n 810 - G-ARVH
C/n 811 - G-ARVI - ZA142
C/n 812 - G-ARVJ - ZD493
C/n 813 - G-ARVK - ZA143
C/n 814 - G-ARVL - ZA140
C/n 815 - G-ARVM
C/n 819 - G-ASIW - 7Q-YKH
C/n 820 - G-ASIX - A4O-AB
C/n 823 - 9G-ABO
C/n 824 - 9G-ABP
C/n 825 - G-ATDJ - XX914
C/n 826 - XR806
C/n 827 - XR807
C/n 828 - XR808
C/n 829 - XR809
C/n 830 - XR810
C/n 836 - XV106
C/n 837 - XV107
C/n 838 - XV108
C/n 839 - XV109
C/n 851 - G-ASGA - ZD230
C/n 853 - G-ASGC
C/n 863 - G-ASGM - ZD241
C/n 881 - 5X-UVA
C/n 882 - 5H-MMT - ZA147
C/n 883 - 5Y-ADA - ZA148
C/n 884 - 5X-UVJ - ZA149
C/n 885 - 5H-MOG - ZA150

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C/n 806 - G-ARVC - A4O-VC - ZA144

Timeline

Date  
16 January 1963 Registered as G-ARVC to BOAC.
21 February 1963 First flight.
1 December 1964 Delivery to BOAC as G-ARVC.
January 1966 Aircraft leased to Nigeria Airways in white and green Nigeria Airways colours
July 1967 Returned to BOAC, repainted in BOAC colours
1 April 1974 Ownership transferred to British Airways Board.
8 July 1974 Sold to Gulf Air, although the registered address was still 'Speedbird House, Heathrow'!
7 October 1975 Re-registered in Oman as A4O-VC for Gulf Air.
1977 End of service with Gulf Air.
1978 Sold to RAF for conversion to type 1112 K2 tanker.
29 November 1983 First flight after conversion at Filton.
3 February 1984 Delivery to 101 Squadron as ZA144 'E'.
90's Engine crashed onto staging during installation.
July 2000 Performed flypast at Farnborough Airshow
August 2000 Withdrawn from service.
31 August 2000 Final flight from RAF Brize Norton to RAF St. Athan
May 2001 Scrapped at RAF St. Athan, forward fuselage retained.
2008 Forward fuselage in use by the Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Flight, for battle damage repair training.

Photos


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo British Aerospace PLC

Photo via L. Holden

1. G-ARVC in the first BOAC scheme during development flying. The engine nacelles still have the original exhaust shape without the 'beaver tail' modification that was added to reduce drag.
2. The first Golden Speedbird scheme is shown here in sunshine above the clouds, which highlights the golden accents.
3. G-ARVC seen here in full Nigeria Airways colours while under lease.
4. VC10 Standards standing idle during the 1968 pilot strike with 'VC at the front of the line.


Photo A.J. Altevogt

Photo E. Bentsen

Photo L. Holden

1. Standard VC10 G-ARVC seen at Heathrow in 1969, the tail at the left is a BOAC 707, the VC10's main competitor.
2. In 1974 G-ARVC visited Frankfurt with British Airways titles over its BOAC colourscheme.
3. Lee Holden took this photo of G-ARVC flying for Gulf Air but still with its British registration, the aircraft was initially leased from BA before Gulf Air bought the VC10.
4. Ex-G-ARVC in its Gulf Air scheme, and on the Omani register as A4O-VC, is seen here at Heathrow parked beside 707 G-AXGX. This airframe was never repainted in the Golden Falcon scheme.


Photo Peter R. Foster

Photo A. Townshend

Photo A. Townshend

Photo M. Burrell

1. After conversion into a K2 tanker c/n 806 is now registered as ZA144 with code letter 'E'.
2. VC10 K2 ZA144 with the centreline hose trailed.
3. ZA144 parked at Bruggen in May 1999 during op ENGADINE, in support of NATO forces over Kosovo.
4. The nose of ZA144 still lying around at RAF St. Athan.

Colourschemes

Vickers /BOAC BOAC scheme of white over grey fuselage, dark-blue cheatline and fin with two white bands over fin.
BOAC First version of BOAC 'Golden Speedbird' scheme with stepped, gold-edged dark-blue cheatline. Grey lower fuselage and white upper fuselage. Dark-blue fin with gold speedbird logo.
NA White over grey fuselage with green cheatline and Nigeria Airways titles. Green-white-green flag on fin with additional green flashes over bottom part and leading edge of fin.
BOAC Second version of BOAC 'Golden Speedbird' scheme, golden edge on cheatline removed and cheatline now arcs smoothly down towards the nose without the step of the previous scheme.
BOAC/BA As above but with British Airways titles on the forward fuselage.
GA Gulf Air VC10 scheme, overall white with a large red, purple and green cheatline flowing from nose to fin. Gulf Air titles on forward fuselage.
RAF First RAF 101 Sqn 'Hemp' scheme. Grey undersides with hemp colours on top and fuselage sides. Toned down markings and large letter on fin.
RAF All over grey scheme with large lightning flash down the side of the fuselage. Toned down roundels and fin flashes, code letter on fin.

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