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C/n 831 - XV101

Timeline

Date  
11 January 1967 First flight.
31 January 1967 Official handover to RAF 10 Squadron as XV101.
March 1967 XV101 spotted in Vancouver, Canada.
18-21 March 1967 Operated Lyneham - Changi - Lyneham.
11 November 1968 Named 'Lanoe Hawker VC' in a ceremony at RAF Brize Norton.
11 June 1971 Took part in Biggin Hill airshow.
18 September 1971 Flew displays at RAF St Mawgan, St Athan, RAF Abingdon, Biggin Hill, Coltishall, Finningley and Leuchars for the 1971 Battle of Britain display. Crewed by Capt Brian Burdett, Flt Lt Wills, Mike Webb, MEng Blackburn and AQM Flt Sgt Bush.
10-21 February 1973 Operated a round-the-world trainer, captained by Sqn Ldrs Delaney & Sheppard. The route was Brize - Akrotiri - Gan - Tengah - Kai Tak - Guam - Wake - Honolulu - McLelland AB - Offutt AB - Namao - Brize. Apparently there was a film crew on board, does anybody know who and why?
4 September 1976 Performed a flypast at the Biggin Hill Battle of Britain day.
23 December 1979 Operated a VIP flight between Akrotiri - Nairobi carrying Lord Soames. Captained by J.D. Snell.
2 July 1983 Flew as Ascot 2791 to Ascension Island via Dakar, Senegal, crewed by Flt Lt Mike Emery and Richard King. This flight was filmed for a documentary about the day to day operations of 10 Squadron, titled 'TEN', which premiered in the Squadron crewroom in 1984. XV101 returned to RAF Brize Norton the next day.
9 August 1984 Carried out the yearly 'Aries' polar flight, first time for a VC10.
28 February 1991 Ferried to Hurn for conversion.
11 June 1992 First flight after conversion to C1K tanker/transport. First C1 to be converted.
25 March 1993 Delivery to 10 Squadron as C1K.
28 August 1995 Operated the last scheduled RAF flight between RAF Brize Norton and Washington-Dulles airport, as Ascot 2040. Crewed by Flt.Lt. Lay, Flt.Lt. Powell, Sq.Ldr. Deas, Sgt. O'Sullivan, MALM Bentley, Cpl Fletcher, Cpl McTavish, Cpl Morris.
30 August 1995 Returned from Washington as Ascot 2041, closing the Washington Schedule after almost 25 years. Crewed by Flt.Lt. Smith, Fl.Off. Brown, Flt.Lt. Cooper, Flt.Sgt. Triccas, MALM McKee, Cpl Swann, Cpl Dutton, Cpl Lamont. Carried commemorative covers.
September 1999 Repainted into the new grey colourscheme.
14 October 2005 Transferred to 101 Squadron upon disbandment of 10 Squadron, allocated letter 'S'.
20 December 2011 Aircraft withdrawn from service, flown to Bruntingthorpe on its final flight, landing around 11:40. Total time: 43330.15 hours.
16 May 2012 Airframe scrapped at Bruntingthorpe.

 


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo Tom Grant

Photo Tom Grant

Photo Tom Grant

1. First flight for XV101 from the short runway at the Brooklands factory, on 11 January 1967.
2-4. In March 1967 Tom Grant photographed a very new XV101 in Vancouver, Canada.


Photo Tom Grant

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Ray Wood via P. Arnold

1. The purpose of this visit is not known, but it may have been a training flight.
2. XV101 in front of the BEA hangar at London Heathrow with the nose of Vanguard G-APER sneaking into the picture.
3. Coming in to land at Luqa, Malta, past St. Andrew's church.
4. Another landing shot showing the original colourscheme with black radome.


The Michael Harries Collection © The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

The Michael Harries Collection © The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Martin Lupton

1-2. The 1971 airshow at Biggin Hill with XV101 doing the honours.
3. Another landing shot, showing the 10 Squadron colours.
4. This spectacular take off was captured during an airshow at RAF Fairford in the 80s.


Photo collection J. Hieminga via C. Knott

Photo Peter R. Foster

Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

1. By 1994 XV101 has been converted into a C1K tanker.
2. XV101 refuelling Tornado GR.1B ZA490 in November 1994.
3. During the summer of 2010 XV101 was spotted at Hanover airport.
4. Also at Hanover, but at the end of October 2010, XV101 demonstrates the effectivity of the grey colourscheme on an autumn day.


Photo J. Thomas

Photo J. Thomas

Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

1. XV101 on the detuners at St. Athan.
2. XV101 was here for a minor service in January 2011.
3-4. XV101 landing at Hanover on 9th February 2011.


Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

Photo D. Ayton

Photo D. Ayton

1-2. Just over an hour later, XV101 takes off again.
3. Later that year XV101 is away on detachment.
4. A great view down the tail of XV101 'S'.


Photo D. Ayton

Photo S. Taylor

Photo S. Taylor

Photo S. Taylor

1. XV101 landing after an operational sortie.
2-3. 20 December 2011, XV101 at RAF Brize Norton before its final flight to Bruntingthorpe.
4. Looking up at the tail.


Photo S. Taylor

Photo S. Taylor

Photo G. Spoors / GJD Services
 

1. Looking towards the flight deck at a mostly empty interior.
2. On the flight deck everything was obviously still there, apart from the yoke badges which were often removed as a souvenir or to be auctioned off for a good cause.
3. XV101's last landing at Bruntingthorpe airfield.

Colourschemes

RAF White over grey scheme with large blue lightning flash down the fuselage. Initially "Royal Air Force Transport Command" titles and roundels on the fuselage, later this became "Royal Air Force Air Support Command" titles. Titles changed to just "Royal Air Force" in 1972.
RAF All over grey scheme with large lightning flash down the side of the fuselage. Toned down roundels and fin flashes, code letter 'S' on fin (since 2005).


 

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