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VC10s in storage

After British Airways decided that they no longer needed the Super VC10 fleet the aircraft were purchased by the RAF in 1981 and stored at RAF Abingdon and Prestwick. Some of these aircraft were flown out in 1990 and refurbished for 101 Squadron, many were scrapped after all spare parts had been removed.


Photo G. Hall

Photo G. Hall

Photo G. Hall

Photo G. Hall

1. After British Airways decided that they no longer needed the Super VC10 fleet the aircraft were purchased by the RAF and stored at RAF Abingdon.
2. A similar view at Prestwick in 1981. This photo also shows the tail of 9G-ABO, the single remaining Ghana Airways aircraft which had been taken out of service in 1980.
3. A wintery view of the the VC10s at Abingdon in February 1985.
4. Ex-G-ASGG, now ZD235, which has since been completely refurbished and after a distinguished career with 101 Squadron met its end at St. Athan in 2004.


Photo G. Hall

Photo I. Haskell via planepictures.net

Photo I. Haskell via planepictures.net

Photo G. Hall

1. A row of VC10s covered in Driclad bags. These were designed to preserve the airframe with dehumidification being provided inside, but were slowly torn to shreds by the prevailing winds.
2. The VC10s were then covered in a sticky sealant that did the trick, but also gave the aircraft a grimy look as they slowly turned grey with all the dirt sticking to it. It was also difficult to remove, but for G-ASGH, seen here, that will not have been an issue as she was one of the aircraft that was robbed of all spare parts and subsequently scrapped.
3. G-ASGM did enjoy a second career, and is still in service as ZD241.
4. RAF Abingdon again, with two more Super VC10s awaiting their fate.


The Michael Harries Collection The Tangmere Military Aviation Museum Trust
     

1. Abingdon again, seen here in 1981 through the lens of Michael Harries. Seven aircraft are visible on this photo (with what might be the nose of an eight example on the extreme right) out of the 14 purchased by the RAF.

 

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