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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 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 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 811 - G-ARVI - A4O-VI - ZA142

Timeline

Date  
16 January 1963 Registered as G-ARVI to BOAC.
20 December 1963 First flight.
22 April 1964 Delivery to BOAC as G-ARVI.
1964-1966 'VI was regularly wet-leased to Nigeria Airways during this period. It remained in BOAC colours with Nigeria Airways stickers.
4 March 1974 Ownership transferred to Gulf Aviation Company Limited.
7 October 1975 Re-registered as A4O-VI in Oman.
1977 End of service with Gulf Air.
1978 Sold to RAF for conversion to type 1112 K2 tanker.
26 March 1984 First flight after conversion at Filton.
18 April 1984 Delivery to 101 Squadron as ZA142 'C'. Last K2 to be delivered.
1991 Acquired 'The Empire Strikes Back' nose art during its Gulf War service.
February 2001 Returned to the UK from final K2 detachment to the Falkland Islands, it had been unservicable for four weeks of its tour there. Thereafter confined to UK operations only as the RAF could no longer provide spares support overseas for the single example of this variant.
22 March 2001 Final operational flight for the K2, piloted by Flt Lt Anton Hamilton and Flt Lt 'Jez' Lewry it refuelled Tornados and Jaguars.
27 March 2001 Withdrawn from service. Final flight of K2 variant, captained by Lucy Rendall, grand-daughter of BOAC's 'Flaps' Rendall.
May 2004 Scrapped at St. Athan.

Photos


Photo J. Newbury via www.Airliners.net

Photo J. Newbury via www.Airliners.net

Photo A. Christie via www.Airliners.net

Photo G. Helmer

1-2. G-ARVI in the first Golden Speedbird colours in September 1966 at Nairobi. On board was Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, who was traveling to Botswana to represent the Queen at independence day.
3. In July 1969 G-ARVI has been repainted into the second version of the BOAC scheme and is seen here coming in to land at London Heathrow.
4. Along with the other four Standards 'VI acquired Gulf Air colours and an Omani registration.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo S. Ludlow

1. A4O-VI later became one of two Gulf Air VC10s to receive the newer Golden Falcon scheme.
2. In these quite modern looking colours 'VI is seen here stored at Filton, awaiting its turn for conversion.
3. Having gone through the conversion, ZA142 was the last K2 to join 101 Squadron in the hemp colourscheme.
4. As the last K2 flying it also acquired the final grey VC10 scheme.


Photo Peter R. Foster

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Crown Copyright/Darren Hall

Photo Crown Copyright/Darren Hall

1. In these grey colours it looked the part but the airframe was not new anymore, in the end it flew more than 50.000 hours in total.
2. ZA142 served in the Gulf War and the Kosovo conflict and visited many different airfields during its RAF days.
3. On the day of the last operational VC10 K2 flight, the opportunity was used to line up the four different VC10 types in use, the last time this would be possible. From left to right: K2, K3, K4, C1K.
4. This would be the last flight of a BOAC Standard, even though it didn't look like one anymore.


Photo Crown Copyright/Darren Hall

Photo Crown Copyright/Darren Hall
   

1. Lining up on the runway at Brize on 22 March 2001 for the final operational flight of a K2 tanker.
2. During this last sortie the aircraft refueled Tornados and Jaguars before returning to Brize. Five days later its final flight to St. Athan was carried out.

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.
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.
GA Gulf Air 'Golden Falcon' scheme. Overall white with scalloped purple, green and red lines flowing from nose to halfway down the fuselage. Same colours on top of fin with large golden falcon image below it. 'Gulf Air' in gold western and arabic script on fuselage top.
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. In 1991 a BP logo and the text 'The Empire Strikes Back' was added to the nose in front of the crew entry door.
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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