What's on this site
A lot of info. I started out without a real structure but as the number of pages is growing I have tried to get it all organised. To get you back on track if you get lost on this site I have produced a Site Map, which can be found by clicking on the Site Logo that is at the top left of each page.
Where possible I have tried to credit source or photographer for the images used on this site. If you know where credit is due for an image on this site, please contact me. Sources are listed in the text or on the Sources page, all other material is copyright J. Hieminga.
There have been several instances now where material from this site has been copied for use on other websites or on social media sites. Please note that while I may have permission to use photos and text on this site, unless you contacted the copyright holders yourself, you do not! Blatantly copying material from this site is therefore not allowed! I will be more than happy to arrange permission when needed, and when kindly asked, but until this has been arranged any material on this site is for personal use only!
Questions that will be asked frequently
What's with the name? During it's service with BOAC the VC10 gained a lot of passenger appeal and BOAC responded to this by using these appealing features such as it's quietness and smooth ride in their campaigns. At some point someone coined the phrase 'a little VC10derness' and it appeared in some of BOAC's commercials from that point on to describe the 'special treatment' you got when flying on a VC10. I picked it to reflect on the fact that it's time some of this tenderness is aimed back at the VC10 itself before it fades from public memory. The picture on the right shows an example of BOAC's advertising which is available on a T-shirt from Skyshirts.com (look under Europe - British Airways to find it). Below is a small version of the bumper sticker that BOAC issued with the 'A Little VC10derness' phrase on it.
Why do you care, you weren't around back then, right? Indeed, when I evolved from design phase to prototype form around 1975 the VC10 had already been flying for 13 years, and it wasn't until a lot later before I even knew what a VC10 was. This occurred around 1998 when I got involved in a project through my school which involved restoring Brooklands Museum's VC10. Look up my personal history for the longer version of this story.
What are you, an aviation nut? Well, basically yes. I became interested in aviation early on in my life and instead of just drooling over nice airplane pictures I decided to try to do something more productive with my ambitions. I've got a BSc degree in Aeronautical Engineering and have finished a course at the KLM Flight Academy for a 'frozen' ATPL. So to be more precise: I am someone who is extremely interested in his own field of work. Again, look up my personal history for the longer version of this story.
Where does all this info come from? From various sources. I listed them elsewhere on this site but mainly there are three books available commercially that I used and then there's a lot of info that I picked up through spending three summers working on the Brooklands Museum Summer Project, mainly on their VC10. Also several people have contributed material from their personal archives for use on this site. Unless they did not want to be named, you can find their names throughout the site.