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C/n 854 - G-ASGD

Timeline

Date  
11 February 1965 First flight.
February 1965 Returned to Brooklands for additional work.
3 March 1965 Delivery to BOAC as G-ASGD. Although unverified, 'GD is said to have carried a plaque naming it 'Canopus'. This name was traditionally given to one BOAC aircraft, even if others were not named, and 'Canopus' was often used for Royal flights.
1-2 April 1965 Flew first London-New York-Bermuda service operated by the Super VC10.
17 May 1966 Registered to 'BOAC-Cunard'.
10 October 1966 Registration details changed, registered to BOAC.
11 November 1969 Involved in a near miss over Epsom.
2 March - 4 May 1970 Carried HM The Queen for visits to Canada, Hawaii (for refuelling only), Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand. Not known whether 'GD was used for the entire trip, continuing to Australia and back to the UK via Canada.
1 July 1971 Operated Sydney - Nandi as part of the Round-the-world service, crewed by Tom Weller.
1 April 1974 Ownership transferred to British Airways.
20 June 1975 Operated New York-Prestwick service and flew back to Heathrow empty. Last VC10 flight for Captain Tony Frish.
1980 Retired from airline service at Heathrow.
15 April 1980 Ferried to Prestwick for storage.
3 April 1981 Sold to RAF, ZD232 allocated.
20 May 1981 Ferried to RAF Brize Norton for storage
27 May 1981 Civil registration cancelled. RAF serial later changed to maintenance serial 8699M (on behalf of the Army according to Wrecks & Relics 8th ed.).
September 1991 Broken up at Brize Norton, fuselage moved to dump.
18 May 1994 Fuselage remains used in major disaster exercise and burnt.

Photos


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

1. The fourth BOAC Super VC10 on the assembly line in the B1 building. The white and grey paint shows the edges of the original BOAC colourscheme that was only carried by G-ASGA and the first Standard VC10s.
2. Eddie MacNamara bringing G-ASGD back to Brooklands, skimming the grass in front of the runway edge.
3. This photo must have been taken after a second Brooklands - Wisley flight as G-ASGD now sports 'BOAC-Cunard' markings.
4. An overview of G-ASGD's tail when parked on the platform between the two hangars at Wisley, with a new BUA 1-11 in the background.


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

1. G-ASGD was one of the first Supers to carry the changed BOAC scheme from the start.
2. The flight deck of a very new G-ASGD.
3. Taxiing onto the runway at Wisley. Brian Trubshaw used to live in one of the houses seen below the tail.
4. A spirited take off from runway 28 at Wisley. A camouflaged Valiant is parked in the background and what looks like G-ASGA on the engine detuners.


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo Glen Fairweather / Flickr.com/trainsandstuff

1. G-ASGD was photographed from a chase plane to show off the changed 'Golden Speedbird' scheme. Most promotional images, if not all, of a Super VC10 in flight in BOAC-Cunard markings are from this occasion.
2. G-ASGD at John F. Kennedy Airport, on 1 April 1965 it carried out the first Super VC10 service between London and New York.
3. Super VC10 G-ASGD at John F. Kennedy Airport, New York. A photo from the early days of North Atlantic VC10 operations.
4. On 3rd March 1970 G-ASGD had a stopover at Honolulu while carrying Her Majesty the Queen on a trip to New Zealand.


Photo Glen Fairweather / Flickr.com/trainsandstuff

Photo Glen Fairweather / Flickr.com/trainsandstuff

Photo Glen Fairweather / Flickr.com/trainsandstuff

Photo L. Franco via Aviation Photography of Miami collection

1. Her Majesty, Prince Philip and Princess Anne were welcomed to Hawaii by the Governor of Hawaii and his wife.
2. G-ASGD only spent a couple of hours at Honolulu.
3. Super VC10 G-ASGD is repositioned so it can be refuelled for the next leg of its trip to New Zealand.
4. This photo of Super VC10 G-ASGD taken in Mexico in 1972 shows the Speedbird livery without Cunard titles.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

1. G-ASGD taxiing at Prestwick in 1973.
2. The nose of 'GD when parked at one of the departure gates at JFK Airport on 19 June 1975. The colourscheme has changed since the 1965 photo at this same airport.
3. The E/O panel of 'SGD while operating flight BA530 on 20 June 1975. The Conways were prone to surging in some situations and the labels next to the no.1 and 2 engine instruments may indicate that these have shown this behaviour.
4. The tail of G-ASGD when parked at Prestwick having just arrived from New York. A Laker Airways DC-10 can be seen in the distance.


Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

1. Looking out over the left wing at 25,000 feet between Prestwick and London.
2. As this was a positioning flight, the cabin was completely empty.
3. Approaching runway 28L at Heathrow over central London. This was the final VC10 landing for Captain Tony Frish.
4. Parked at the British Airways maintenance base after the flight.


Photo A. Frish

Photo M. Burrell

Photo F. Goodman via www.Airliners.net
 

1. Parked at the British Airways maintenance base after the flight.
2. As this image shows G-ASGD (ZD232) had already been stripped of many useful parts in 1987.
3. G-ASGD, seen here in 1991 during dismantling. Seeing this makes me wonder what sort of stuff is covering her in the previous photo.

Colourschemes

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. First airframe to be painted in this livery.
BOAC/BA As above but with British Airways titles on the forward fuselage.
BA First British Airways ('Negus') scheme, white over dark blue fuselage with grey wings. Top of fin and stabilizer in red with Union Jack section. British Airways titles and small Speedbird on front fuselage.

 

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