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C/n 858 - G-ASGH

Timeline

Date  
2 October 1965 First flight.
4 November 1965 Delivery to BOAC as G-ASGH.
May/June 1967 G-ASGH was fitted with a DECCA Omnitrack computer as a trial for Autonav. Datalink testing was done during regular USA services, using a station at Birdlip, Glos.
4 May 1969 Took part in Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, flying as 'Speedbird 2144' on the London to New York leg, for a private charter.
1 April 1974 Ownership transferred to British Airways.
16 May 1975 Operated BA810 from Doha, diverted to Bahrain due to undercarriage problems, having to dump 30000 kgs of fuel. Flew to London the next day (17 May 1975).
1 January 1980 Withdrawn from use.
17 May 1980 Ferried to Prestwick for storage.
3 April 1981 Sold to the RAF, ZD236 allocated.
29 April 1981 Ferried from Prestwick to Abingdon. Hours flown at time of retirement: 52862 hrs.
7 May 1981 Registration G-ASGH cancelled, 'To RAF'.
April 1987 Scrapped at Abingdon.

Photos


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. Airframe number eight on the Super VC10 production line would be registered as G-ASGH.
2. On 2nd October 1965 G-ASGH took off from the factory site for its first flight and the short ferry to Wisley.
3. Landing at Wisley after a test flight. The ELRAT is deployed, which was done as one of the last items during a test flight so that its functioning could be checked without letting it run too long.
4. A take off from London Heathrow in its BOAC-Cunard colourscheme for G-ASGH. This Super was never registered to BOAC-Cunard, but it did carry the markings.


Flightpath Postcards / Carl McQuaide
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Photo G. Hall

Flightpath Postcards / Carl McQuaide

Photo collection J. Hieminga via R. Thurston

1. Having lost the Cunard titles, G-ASGH is seen here at Manchester.
2. After the 1974 merger, the Super VC10 was repainted into the 'Negus' colours. Geoff Hall was a big fan of this airframe, seeing as it carried his initials.
3. In May 1976, G-ASGH is pushed back from its stand at London Heathrow.
4. G-ASGH landing after a scheduled flight.


Photo R. Doherty

Photo G. Hall

Photo G. Hall

Photo R. Doherty

1. A diversion caused G-ASGH to end up at Manchester.
2. Geoff Hall took this photo of G-ASGH's tail in October 1978 at Prestwick.
3. This photo was taken at the same airfield in 1979.
4. This Super VC10 was also seen at Liverpool.


Photo collection J. Hieminga via C. Knott

Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo I. Haskell via planepictures.net
 

1. By September 1981, G-ASGH was stored at Abingdon, having visited Prestwick earlier that year.
2. Now marked ZD236, G-ASGH stayed at Abingdon for years, slowly deteriorating.
3. This Super VC10 did not fly out, it was scrapped for parts.

 

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. Initially carried 'BOAC-Cunard' titles.
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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