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C/n 803 - G-ARTA
C/n 804 - G-ARVA - 5N-ABD
C/n 805 - G-ARVB
C/n 806 - G-ARVC - ZA144
C/n 807 - G-ARVE
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 831 - XV101
C/n 832 - XV102
C/n 833 - XV103
C/n 834 - XV104
C/n 835 - XV105
C/n 836 - XV106
C/n 837 - XV107
C/n 838 - XV108
C/n 839 - XV109
C/n 851 - G-ASGA - ZD230
C/n 852 - G-ASGB
C/n 853 - G-ASGC
C/n 854 - G-ASGD
C/n 855 - G-ASGE
C/n 856 - G-ASGF
C/n 857 - G-ASGG - ZD235
C/n 858 - G-ASGH
C/n 859 - G-ASGI
C/n 860 - G-ASGJ
C/n 861 - G-ASGK
C/n 862 - G-ASGL - ZD240
C/n 863 - G-ASGM - ZD241
C/n 864 - G-ASGN
C/n 865 - G-ASGO
C/n 866 - G-ASGP - ZD242
C/n 867 - G-ASGR
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 810 - G-ARVH

Timeline

Date  
16 January 1963 Registered as G-ARVH to BOAC.
22 November 1963 First flight.
January 1964 Joined G-ARVG at Shannon for BOAC crew training.
8 July 1964 Delivery to BOAC as G-ARVH.
1 April 1974 Ownership transferred to British Airways Board.
1974 Taken out of service and stored at Heathrow, according to Boeing the airframe had also been cannibalised by the time it was scrapped.
September 1976 Scrapped at Heathrow, together with 'VB and 'VE.
7 October 1976 De-registered and transfered to 'unqualified owner', actually Boeing, in part exchange for 747s. Note states 'to USA for destruction'.

Photos


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo via D. Williams

Photo via K. Darling

1. This photo was most likely taken in one of the hangars at Wisley and shows the tail of 'VH with the rudder hinge access panels open for an inspection. The airframe is still in the 'development' colourscheme.
2. Parked next to BOAC-Cunard 707 G-ARRC, G-ARVH shows that the registration was marked both on the fin bullet and the rear of the fuselage. The VC10 also carries Nigeria Airways stickers.
3. Still in the first Golden Speedbird scheme 'VH carries stickers from Air Ceylon while parked in front of BOAC's maintenance facility.
4. G-ARVH showing off a spare engine in its carrying pod.


Photo S. Fitzgerald

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo S. Fitzgerald

Photo copyright Paul Davis

1. In November 1972 a gleaming G-ARVH stands in the sun at London Heathrow airport.
2. In 1974, after the merger between BOAC and BEA, 'VH has acquired British Airways titles.
3. On 6th May 1976 G-ARVH has lost its shine, having stood still for two years by now. A few months later the airframe would be scrapped having been used as part exchange for new 747s from Boeing.
4. G-ARVH was the first of the three airframes to be scrapped.


Image via P. Robinson

Image via P. Robinson
   

1-2. The Daily Mail ran this article about the scrappings at Heathrow in September 1976.

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.
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.


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