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C/n 839 - XV109

Timeline

Date  
18 July 1968 First flight.
1 August 1968 Delivery to RAF 10 Squadron as XV109, last of the original fourteen RAF VC10s to be delivered. Named 'Arthur Scarf VC'.
April 1983 XV109 spotted at RAF Wyton for an avionics upgrade.
19-22 December 1987 Flew from the UK to the Falklands Islands via Ascension Island, returning again over the next two days, setting four FAI ratified speed records. Captained by John Halstead and John Knapp.
8 December 1988 During a flight from RAF Leuchars to RAF Brize Norton a tire exploded, taking out fuel lines and causing a two-engine landing.
20 May 1993 First flight after conversion to C1K tanker/transport.
25 May 1993 Delivery to 10 Squadron as C1K.
28-29 June 2003 Performed a flypast with XV108 and several Tornados at the RAF Waddington air show.
17-18 July 2004 XV109 featured in the static park at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
14 October 2005 Transferred to 101 Squadron upon disbandment of 10 Squadron. Tail letter 'Z' allocated.
6 April 2010 XV109 performed its last landing at Bruntingthorpe.
June 2010 Remains scrapped.

 


Photo BAE SYSTEMS via K. White

Photo BAE SYSTEMS via K. White

Photo via N. Braas

Photo Peter R. Foster

1-2. XV109, the last of the RAF C1s takes off from Brooklands, probably on her very first flight.
3. An early photo showing XV109 with 'Royal Air Force Air Support Command' titles which were later changed.
4. A few years later the titles have changed to show just 'Royal Air Force', and XV109 has by now been converted into a C1K tanker.


Photo G. Lee / BAE SYSTEMS

Photo I. Middleton

Photo G. Flores

Photo S. Petch

1. XV109 in its tanker role with two Harriers on its wing and hoses trailed. The colour scheme has changed into the overall grey look of 10 Squadron.
2. Parked in the static show at RIAT 2004 in sunny weather.
3. The flightdeck of XV109, showing a few modern additions to the 1960's cockpit.
4. XV109 leaving Fairford after the 2004 RIAT show. More photos from this event are here.


Photo R. Pittuck

Photo R. Pittuck

Photo R. Pittuck

Photo R. Pittuck

1-3. A great series of shots by R. Pittuck showing XV109 on arrival at EDI (Edinburgh) on 25th May 2006.
4. Later that day (about 1:30 later) she left again.


Photo R. Pittuck

Photo R. Pittuck

Photo Nick Blacow

Photo Nick Blacow

1-2. Two more photos showing the aircraft climbing away past the Edinburgh control tower, trailing its trademark plume of smoke.
3-4. On 26 March 2010 XV109 was 'circuit bashing' at RAF Brize Norton, fortunately for us Nick Blacow took these wonderful photos.


Photo Nick Blacow

Photo Nick Blacow

Photo Nick Blacow

Photo Nick Blacow

1. More from the same day: XV109 just before touchdown with full flaps extended.
2. Climbing away trailing smoke from its four Conways.
3. 'Pouring on the coal', probably for a go-around.
4. The sunlight shows off the grey colourscheme.


Photo Nick Blacow

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

1. A close up of the nose of XV109 when passing the airfield fence at RAF Brize Norton.
2. Fast forward 11 days to 6 April 2010 and XV109 has just made her very last landing at Bruntingthorpe, together with XR807.
3. In about 30 days the airframe will be 'spares recovered' and the remains scrapped.
4. As XV109 will be the first of the two airframes to be processed, needed equipment is positioned around the aircraft.


Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

1. And within hours after landing the first panels are open, in this case to deactivate the engine fire extinguishers.
2. A photo of the still intact flight deck (apart from the control wheel buttons).
3. The Flight Engineer's station, with some lights still functioning.
4. The flight deck seen from the outside, the blue banner which sported the name 'Arthur Scarf VC' is on the right. The name has been removed from XV109 and will fly on another VC10: ZA147.


Photo Andy Martin / Aircraftimages.net

Photo Andy Martin / Aircraftimages.net

Photo Andy Martin / Aircraftimages.net

Photo F. Wallace

1. Andy Martin took these photos on 11 April, they show the engines, APU and a lot of access doors sitting next to XV109.
2. The viewpoint from an overflying PA28 is interesting.
3. The stuff around the aircraft is a mixture of RAF and rented equipment.
4. Francis Wallace took this photo on 25 April, by now the nose gear has been removed.


Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace

1. Looking up into the empty engine nacelles, showing the engine mounting beam and the firewall that separated the two engines.
2. On 15 May this was the situation, XV109 is slowly being taken apart with all the parts lying on pallets. This shot shows engine bay doors, flap and slat sections, heat exchangers and more.
3. The nose is still supported by jacks but timbers have been placed to take the weight of the aircraft as all the jacks need to be removed prior to the final scrapping.
4. On 28 May the first cut into the airframe is a fact, XV109 has lost its nose.

 


Photo F. Wallace

Photo F. Wallace
   

1. The remainder of the airframe is now resting on timbers with just one jack under the tail. This photo shows all the gaps where flying controls and components have been removed.
2. The nose of XV109 lying in the grass next to the rest of the airframe. Looking at the way it has been removed, perhaps it will be preserved somewhere.

Colourschemes

RAF White over grey scheme with large blue lightning flash down the fuselage. "Royal Air Force Air Support Command" titles and roundels. 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 'Z' on fin (since 2005).


 

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