Google Earth VC10s
Since its introduction Google Earth (and other similar programs and
websites) has been a very popular application. Apparently spying on the world
from above is a good way to spend some time behind the computer. Triggered by
some questions on forums I've done some searching on Google Earth myself and
came up with a collection of VC10s and VC10 sections.
Instead of just browsing through these photos you could of course try
to find these VC10s yourself! All you need is a working internet connection
(broadband!) and the free Google Earth application which you can download here:
Earth Download page. If you want to try this the hard way then stop reading
this page now and start searching for these 15 locations. If you want some clues then read the descriptions below the
images and search through this site. Finally if you want to know if you've found
the right location in Google Earth then click on the images below to compare the
coordinates in the bottom left corner. Happy hunting! The main prize is a pat on
the back from yourself and a smug feeling.
Obviously, if you find VC10s which are not on this page then e-mail me or
post about it
in the forum here.
1. The easiest ones to find are the airframes in museums,
G-ASGC being the easiest
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 currently only a
fuselage under restoration at the same location as A4O-AB, here she can be seen
before her (partial) demise in 2006.
1. The obvious location for VC10s is 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 is parked.
3. In the same area are these two C.1Ks.
4. And also nearby are 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. As a VC10 reaches the end of its useful life it travels to Wales to be
reduced to spares. In this image a K2 (probably ZA142) was still awaiting this
2. At the same airfield a C.1K (most likely XV103) can also seen in a state of
3. Not as easy to find as the previous two, the remains of what probably was
ZA144 are also still present at this airfield, fuselage front section and
several wing panels.
4. And now for the tricky one: the front fuselage of the RAF's very first VC10
which is 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 can 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).
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