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Google Earth VC10s

Since its introduction Google Earth or Google Maps (as well as other similar programs and websites) have been very popular applications. Apparently spying on the world from above is a good way to spend some time behind the computer. You can use these tools, along with a bit of spare time, to (virtually) visit a collection of VC10s and VC10 sections. As the images change frequently, I have given up on the original challenge that was on this page (but have kept some of the cryptic captions), and have just added some newer images showing bits of (or complete) VC10s around the world. No doubt some of these images cannot be reproduced anymore so I'll keep them here as a reminder.

1. Of the airframes in museums, G-ASGC is the easiest to find.
2. Another museum airframe is A4O-AB which is shown in its 'old' parking spot here. Since this photo was taken she was moved across the river into the area at the top right at this image.
3. G-ARVF is also a museum airframe but not in the UK. As can be seen here she's got a lot of company.
4. G-ARVM is seen before her (partial) demise in 2006.

1. The obvious location for VC10s used to be the famous secret airfield in Oxfordshire. Here a single VC10 C.1K is shown at the north side of the airfield.
2. 101 Squadron's platform is on the south side of the base and here a single VC10 C.1K was parked.
3. In the same area were these two C.1Ks.
4. And also nearby were these three aircraft. The outer ones are C.1Ks and the middle one is a K3 or K4 which can be seen from the longer fuselage and positioning of the stairway.

1. Several VC10s traveled to Wales to be reduced to spares. In this image a K2 (probably ZA142) was still awaiting this fate.
2. At the same airfield a C.1K (most likely XV103) could also seen in a state of disassembly.
3. Not as easy to find as the previous two, the remains of what probably was ZA144 were still present at this airfield, fuselage front section and several wing panels.
4. This one used to be in Oxfordshire: the front fuselage of the RAF's very first VC10 which was in use for battle damage repair training.

1. Another VC10 front section can be seen here (the white object in the center of the image), it never flew but did sustain damage.
2. A complete VC10 could be found on a small island in the Southern Hemisphere.
3. This VC10 was found parked on an apron next to loads of American hardware, it is in a small desert country surrounded by water (not on all sides).
4. A newer screenshot showing A4O-AB surrounded by the other types in the Brooklands Museum's aircraft park. The test fuselage is next to -AB.

1. After its partial dismantling at Cosford, G-ARVM moved to Brooklands and was reassembled into a complete fuselage.
2. It's place at RAF Cosford was eventually taken up by XR808, which can be seen next to a Hercules.
3. Located next to a test-track is ZA150, with some small and not-so-small other types as company.
4. ZA148 alongside the preserved BAC 1-11 at Newquay Airport.

1. In between various stored airliners and preserved classic types are two VC10s: ZA147 and ZD241.
2. The forward fuselage of XV108 has some company on the North side of East Midlands Airport.
3. The nose section of XV106 can just be seen, thanks to its refueling probe.
4. The nose of ZA149 travelled all the way to Sharjah and can be seen right above the marker for the museum.

 

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