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C/n 835 - XV105

Timeline

Date  
3 October 1967 First flight.
20 October 1967 Handover to RAF 10 Squadron as XV105.
11 November 1968 Named 'Albert Ball VC' in a ceremony at RAF Brize Norton.
March 1981 XV105 was spotted in Wellington, NZ, operating a Royal Flight. I have not been able to find a corresponding state visit to match this sighting, perhaps it was a personal visit or some other business.
12 April 1995 First flight after conversion to C1K tanker/transport.
24 April 1995 Delivery to 10 Squadron as C1K.
November 1999 Repainted into the new grey colourscheme.
14 October 2005 Transferred to 101 Squadron upon disbandment of 10 Squadron, allocated letter 'V'.
June 2007 XV105 was revealed at a Brize Norton families day with special artwork on its tail commemorating 90 years of 101 Squadron.
30 August 2011 Aircraft withdrawn from service, flown to Bruntingthorpe on its final flight.
23 May 2012 Airframe scrapped at Bruntingthorpe.

 


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo collection J. Hieminga

1. XV105 at RAF Brize Norton, with passengers boarding.
2. Taking off from what looks like Brize, with a Belfast and another VC10 in the background.
3. XV105 coming in to land at RAAF Avalon, in Australia, near Melbourne.
4. A bit later on XV105 has lost its 'Air Support Command' titles. Hong Kong's Kai Tak airport was a regular stop for RAF VC10s.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo M. Grierson

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

1. XV105 parked in its white over grey colourscheme.
2. Mike Grierson flew as Navigator on VC10s and took this photo as XV105 was cruising at 31,000 feet.
3. On 26th June 1998 XV105 is at Tempelhof airport for what looks like a public day of some sort.
4. A photo of XV105 being positioned by tow truck. As the entry door is not fully closed and the pitot covers are still on it doesn't look like a departure.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo R. Lee

Photo R. Lee

Photo R. Lee

1. From 1999 on XV105 flew in the new grey colourscheme, here it carries the 10 Squadron crest on its tail.
2. In June 2007 a special anniversary tail was unveiled, commemorating 90 years of 101 Squadron.
3-4. Two other photos of the special tail on XV105.


Photo Peter R. Foster

Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

1. Peter Foster was fortunate enough to photograph the commemorative scheme on XV105 during an air-to-air session.
2. By October 2010 XV105's tail was once again grey. This photo also shows that the Conways could get a bit smoky at low power settings.
3-4. On 3rd October 2010 XV105 visited Paderborn, a less frequent destination for the VC10s.


Photo C. Kern

Photo C. Kern

Photo D. Ayton

Photo G. Spoors / GJD Services

1. On 3rd October 2010 XV105 visited Paderborn, a less frequent destination for the VC10s.
2. On this photo XV105 is taxiing at Hanover, where the RAF VC10s were regular visitors.
3. XV105 taxiing at Trapani, Sicily, during 101 Squadron's detachment there for op ELLAMY, providing air support over Libya in 2011. Mount Erice is clearly visible in the background.
4. XV105'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 'V' on fin (since 2005).
RAF Same as above with black fin, yellow 101 Squadron text and squadron logo on fin and '90th anniversary' on the engine nacelles.


 

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