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C/n 806 - G-ARVC - ZA144
C/n 807 - G-ARVE
C/n 808 - G-ARVF
C/n 809 - G-ARVG - ZA141
C/n 810 - G-ARVH
C/n 811 - G-ARVI - ZA142
C/n 812 - G-ARVJ - ZD493
C/n 813 - G-ARVK - ZA143
C/n 814 - G-ARVL - ZA140
C/n 815 - G-ARVM
C/n 819 - G-ASIW - 7Q-YKH
C/n 820 - G-ASIX - A4O-AB
C/n 823 - 9G-ABO
C/n 824 - 9G-ABP
C/n 825 - G-ATDJ - XX914
C/n 826 - XR806
C/n 827 - XR807
C/n 828 - XR808
C/n 829 - XR809
C/n 830 - XR810
C/n 831 - XV101
C/n 832 - XV102
C/n 833 - XV103
C/n 834 - XV104
C/n 835 - XV105
C/n 836 - XV106
C/n 837 - XV107
C/n 838 - XV108
C/n 839 - XV109
C/n 851 - G-ASGA - ZD230
C/n 852 - G-ASGB
C/n 853 - G-ASGC
C/n 854 - G-ASGD
C/n 855 - G-ASGE
C/n 856 - G-ASGF
C/n 857 - G-ASGG - ZD235
C/n 858 - G-ASGH
C/n 859 - G-ASGI
C/n 860 - G-ASGJ
C/n 861 - G-ASGK
C/n 862 - G-ASGL - ZD240
C/n 863 - G-ASGM - ZD241
C/n 864 - G-ASGN
C/n 865 - G-ASGO
C/n 866 - G-ASGP - ZD242
C/n 867 - G-ASGR
C/n 881 - 5X-UVA
C/n 882 - 5H-MMT - ZA147
C/n 883 - 5Y-ADA - ZA148
C/n 884 - 5X-UVJ - ZA149
C/n 885 - 5H-MOG - ZA150

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C/n 861 - G-ASGK

Timeline

Date  
1 September 1967 First flight.
27 October 1967 Delivery to BOAC as G-ASGK.
1968 During landing training at Shannon, power was reduced a bit too soon causing a hard landing on the mainwheels. Immediate inspection and another one two days later did not reveal damage but eight days later, minor wrinkling aft of the forward freight door was found to have developed.
27 November 1969 Engine no.3 had a turbine failure while climbing through 6500 feet.
7-8 September 1971 Operated BA024 from Nairobi via Zurich to London.
1 April 1974 Ownership transferred to British Airways.
24 September 1974 Operated BA831 from Bombay to Kuwait.
22 May 1980 Ferried to Prestwick for storage.
28 August 1980 Ferried back to Heathrow. BA needed the extra capacity due to the large scale NATO exercise 'Crusader' in September 1980.
24/25 October 1980 Last commercial flight, operated Blantyre, Dar-es-Salaam, Larnaca to London as BA058. Was originally due to be ferried to Prestwick the next day.
12 December 1980 Ferried to Prestwick for storage by Roger Price and Paul Adams.
3 April 1981 Sold to the RAF, serial ZD239 allocated.
15 April 1981 Ferried from Prestwick to Abingdon. Hours flown at time of retirement: 45584 hrs.
27 April 1981 Registration G-ASGK cancelled, 'To RAF'.
1990 Scrapped at Abingdon.
1990 Fuselage parts moved to Manston Fire School. Combined with rear fuselage of ZD233.
1999 Remains scrapped by White's of Oxford.

Photos


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo collection J. Hieminga via R. Thurston

Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Flight International

1. G-ASGK turning on to the runway at Wisley for its delivery flight to Heathrow in October 1967.
2. Photographed at the point of rotation while in service.
3. G-ASGK taxiing past Ghana Airways 9G-ABO before departing Heathrow airport.
4. The rear face of the h.p. turbine of No 3 engine is visible in this view of G-ASGK after its return to Heathrow on 27 November 1969.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Wingspan Postcards / Jeff S. Johnson collection

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

1. G-ASGK parked with the offending engine covered up.
2. Taking off from Boston Airport in November 1971.
3. Andy Frish photographed G-ASGK in the TBB hangar at Heathrow in 1973.
4. Engines 3 and 4 and the tailfin.


Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

Photo A. Frish

1. Looking back from the forward entry door.
2. Looking back from the forward service door, note the deployed slats.
3. The back end of G-ASGK with the flaps deployed.
4. Tailfin with the gold leaf BOAC Speedbird logo.


Photo collection J. Hieminga via R. Thurston

Photo collection J. Hieminga via R. Thurston

Photo C. Sanders

Photo C. Sanders

1. Being pushed back at London Heathrow in the interim BOAC/BA colours.
2. After the merger, G-ASGK also received the British Airways colours.
3. Chris Sanders travelled from London to Blantyre via Larnaca and Dar-es-Salaam, on G-ASGK on 16/17 October 1980.
4. G-ASGK at Blantyre. A few weeks later Chris would travel back on this same VC10, on one of the last commercial services for this Super VC10.


Photo collection J. Hieminga via C. Knott

Photo collection J. Hieminga
   

1. By September 1982, G-ASGK/ZD239 had spent a more than a year at Abingdon and was looking a bit disheveled.
2. The combined front fuselage of ZD239 with the remains of ZD233, creating a Super-Super VC10 at Manston.

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.
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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