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C/n 883 - 5Y-ADA - ZA148

Timeline

Date  
March 1965 Contract for purchase of three Super VC10s from BAC signed in Nairobi.

21 March 1967

First flight from Brooklands to Wisley.
31 March 1967 Delivery to EAA as 5Y-ADA, registered in Kenya.
16 August 1967 Aircraft delayed overnight at London with servicability problems with the Elliot-Bendix 200 series gyros.
30 May 1967 Suffered a four-engine flame-out at night over the Indian Ocean.
1967 When back-tracking after landing at Entebbe the aircraft failed to complete a 180 degree turn and the wheels sank into the tarmac.
26 January 1971 Carried Tanzanian President Nyerere from Bombay to Dar es Salaam to welcome exiled Ugandan President Milton Obote.
5 January 1972 Departed Dar es Salaam at 15:00 for Lusaka after a three hour delay. Shortly after take off the turbine of no.1 engine failed, raining turbine blades and pieces of the disc over a local cop on the ground. Captain Alan Burkitt diverted to Nairobi, landing at 18:00 after circling for 30 minutes to burn off fuel.
12/13 February 1974 Captain Reg Cartwright flew his last sectors on a Super VC10, London-Rome-Nairobi, before retiring.
7 December 1974 Aircraft fell off the tail jack during maintenance work in the hangar, damaging the rear fuselage and one engine beam. A repair was carried out after Vickers constructed a special one-off half engine mounting frame, leaving the aircraft slightly heavier than the others when it flew again three months later. According to Davis' book the cause was an error made when lowering the jacks, but a story here lists another cause.
28 January 1977 VC10s parked up at Embakasi airport upon collapse of EAA.
31 May 1977 Left Nairobi at 6:30GMT for Filton captained by Arthur Ricketts. Just after take off the aircraft had a total hydraulic failure and the landing at Filton ten and a half hours later was slat- and flapless but uneventful.
30 September 1978 Sold to RAF for conversion to tanker.
4 July 1984 First flight from Filton as a K3 tanker.
1984 - 1985 Used by AAEE for development while ZA141 was being repaired.
27 March 1986 Delivery to 101 Squadron as ZA148, letter 'G' on the fin.
17 June 2006 Took part in the flypast for the Queen's 80th birthday, leading four Jaguars from 6th Squadron.
  Name 'George Thompson VC' transferred to ZA148.
December 2011 Name 'Guy Gibson VC' transferred due to retirement of XV102.
November 2012 Name 'William Rhodes-Moorhouse VC' transferred due to retirement of XV108.
20 August 2013 Tim Skeet, head of the Classic Air Force, announces that they have purchased ZA148 during the 50th anniversary of the 1-11's first flight at Brooklands.
28 August 2013 Final flight. Left RAF Brize Norton at 9:10am and flew a practice approach at Bristol Airport before landing at Newquay (ex-RAF St. Mawgan) at 10:56am after a few low passes.

Photos


Photo copyright BAE Systems / Brooklands Museum archives

Photo M. Winter / NARA-Verlag

Photo A.J. Altevogt

Photo F. van Vliet

1. The tail of 5Y-ADA frames another EAA Super VC10 against a Nairobi sunset.
2. 5Y-ADA at Frankfurt.
3. 5Y-ADA seen at Paris Orly Airport on 4 June 1969.
4. 5Y-ADA taxiing past the photographer.


Photo S. Fitzgerald

Photo T. Russell

Photo T. Russell

Photo T. Russell

1. Steve Fitzgerald took this photo at Heathrow on 25 July 1974.
2. 5Y-ADA on a sunny day, standing on the engine run up area with a Dragon Rapide.
3. The EAA hangar in Nairobi with a DC-9, F-27 and Dakota in front of the damaged 5Y-ADA.
4. A close-up of the damaged fuselage of 5Y-ADA after being pierced by a jack.


Photo via D. Williams

Photo via D. Williams

1. Parked at the gate.
2. Coming in for a landing.
3-4. In storage at Filton, awaiting conversion.


Photo copyright BAE SYSTEMS

Photo J. van Hest

Photo Peter R. Foster

Photo A. Townshend

1. 5Y-ADA, now ZA148, during the early stages of dismantling.
2. The underwing refuelling pod seen on K3 ZA148.
3. Two French Mirages form the 'trade' for this photo.
4. S3 Viking in contact on the centre line hose of ZA148. Seen through the screen on the engineers panel, the image comes from a camera on the belly that is used to monitor all refuelling activities.


Photo Crown Copyright

Photo C. England

Photo C. England

Photo C. England

1. In 2006 ZA148 led a formation of four Jaguars over Buckingham Palace for the Queens 80th Birthday and the annual Trooping the colour parade.
2. Same airframe, another flypast, this time it would be one of its last (Newquay 28th August 2013).
3. ZA148 performed some flypasts at the Cornwall airfield that would become its new home.
4. Final landing for this ex-EAA Super VC10, ZA148 about to touch down on the Newquay runway.


Photo A. Lathey

Photo C. England

Photo copyright Classic Air Force

Photo C. England

1. ZA148 was given a fitting welcome at Newquay airport.
2. Crew for 148's final flight: Flt Lt Nick Millikin (Captain), Flt Lt Bruce Thomson (Navigator), Flt Lt Kev Booth (Air Electronics Officer), and Flt Lt Jess Gammon (Co-pilot).
3-4. Parked on the CAF platform after its last flight.


Photo J. Temple

Photo C. England
   

1.When seen in October 2013 ZA148 has lost its engines but seems to be otherwise complete.
2. As a tribute to the various VC recipients whose names flew on VC10s, ZA148 carries all the VC scrolls along both sides of its forward fuselage.

 

Colourschemes

EAA White fuselage top, grey tailplane and fuselage bottom. Four colour cheatline in black, red, yellow and green, broadening towards the rear. Sun logo on white fin with flags of three EAA parter nations, country of registration at top. East African in light blue above windows.
RAF First RAF 101 Sqn 'Hemp' scheme. Grey undersides with hemp colours on top and fuselage sides. Toned down markings and large letter on fin.
RAF All over grey scheme with large lightning flash down the side of the fuselage. Toned down roundels and fin flashes, code letter on fin. In later years the cockpit area and fuselage spine were painted with a different, lighter coloured, undercoat, to lower the temperature inside.


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