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C/n 837 - XV107

Timeline

Date  
22 March 1968 First flight.
17 April 1968 Handover to RAF 10 Squadron as XV107.
11 November 1968 Named 'James Nicolson VC' in a ceremony at RAF Brize Norton. Apparently this name may have been misspelled with an extra 'h' on some versions of the VC scroll.
16 September 1978 Flew at RAF Abingdon airshow.
April-May 1982 XV107 was involved in operation CORPORATE and carried large Red Cross markings to signify its aeromedical evacuation role.
5 June 1996 First flight after conversion to C1K tanker/transport.
11 June 1996 Delivery to 10 Squadron as C1K.
16 September 2003 XV107 flew on an airtest after major servicing and was pronounced fit for a return to service. It left for a new coat of paint at Filton the next day.
October 2003 XV107 went back to St. Athan as an undercarriage snag development after painting at Filton.
14 October 2005 Transferred to 101 Squadron upon disbandment of 10 Squadron, allocated letter 'X'.
June 2008 Flew over the North Sea and down to Norfolk with a complement of 101 Squadron personnel relatives for the Families Day at Brize Norton.
12 December 2011 XV107 was due to be flown to Bruntingthorpe on its final flight, together with XV102, but went 'tech' prior to departure.
13 December 2011 Aircraft withdrawn from service, flown to Bruntingthorpe on its final flight as 'Ascot 859'.
18 May 2012 Airframe scrapped at Bruntingthorpe.

 

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Photo via K. White

The Michael Harries Collection © The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust

Photo via K. White

Photo collection J. Hieminga

1. XV107 climbing away. The black radome indicates that this was early in its career.
2. XV107 is seen here parked at RAF Abingdon in 1968 showing the 'RAF Air Support Command' colours.
3. VC10 Base flight in front of XV107 at RAF Brize Norton.
4. XV107 coming in to land.


Photo G. Hall

Photo G. Hall

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

1-2. XV107 performing at the airshow at RAF Abingdon, according to the photographer this was in 1982 but the nearest reference I can find to XV107 being at Abingdon for an airshow was in 1978.
3. Retracting the undercarriage just after takeoff, XV107 climbs away.
4. During the Falklands war VC10s from 10 Squadron performed medevac flights and this was signified by the red cross on the fuselage side as seen here on XV107.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo D. Ayton

Photo Crown Copyright / RAF Brize Norton

1. During the Falklands war VC10s from 10 Squadron performed medevac flights and this was signified by the red cross on the fuselage side as seen here on XV107.
2. A few years later XV107 has gained a refueling probe.
3. For many years XV107 flew in the modern grey colourscheme as captured here by David Ayton.
4. XV107 refuelling two Typhoons and a Tornado in June 2004.


Photo G. Spoors / GJD Services
     

1. XV107's final landing at Bruntingthorpe airfield in December 2011.

 


On 1st April 2010 XV107 visited Manchester and Simon Lowe shot this video of its departure.
Video by Simon Lowe

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. Red cross markings on the fuselage during operation CORPORATE.
RAF All over grey scheme with large lightning flash down the side of the fuselage. Toned down roundels and fin flashes, code letter 'X' on fin (since 2005).


 

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