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VC10 Memories

The VC10 has been around for a long time and it still inspires everyone who has ever flown, or flown on them for the RAF or one of its civil operators, as well as all those who have worked with the type. Memories are now the only thing left from the flying days of the VC10. I think it is important that memories - stories that tell much more than mere facts can do - should be treasured. For this purpose I would like to collect VC10 memories on this site. Any stories, recollections, reminisces or ramblings, experiences - humorous or otherwise - and also photos, as long as they somehow feature a VC10 please mail them to me if you would like to see them included in this site (please state if you want your E-mail address published with the story or not). The rest of my site mainly collects the facts of the VC10's career, I would like to collect the personal experiences here.

This section has been subdivided into two pages to keep the loading times reasonable, with longer items having their own seperate page:

Testing Times and the Airline Days:

The Voice-controlled Throttles

If it's Super VC10, it must be right

Brian Trubshaw remembered - G-ASIW tail damage

Destination Aden

How to Escape from a VC10

The BOAC Junior Jet Club

London to Nairobi by BOAC VC10

G-ARVM at White Waltham Airshow

The VC10 from the cabin

Memories of a neighbour

Cabin Crew

A Sunday Test Flight

First Flights

East African Airways maintenance

Radio Development on the VC10 (Separate Page)

Cabin Crew - Again? (Separate Page)

Politics and VC10s

Peril lurking in 1st class (Separate page)

The Chinese Seaman incident

IFR conditions on the flight deck (Separate Page)

The VIP and Tampax

Flying Air Malawi

Entertaining Idi

Scenery at a VC10 mainline station

Holiday to the Seychelles

VC10 passenger service to White Waltham?

VC10 on Times Square

Captain James L. Heron and the VC10

BOAC VC10 at Lagos, Nigeria 1963-1965 (video)

Designer Maurice Wilmer

A day trip to Nigeria

A spectators view of the White Waltham flypast

Marketing the VC10 in South America

Memories of G-ARVM

VC10 last trips

Flying the VC10 on African routes

African fruitbaskets

VC10 Trials & tribulations (Separate Page)

VC10 Trials & tribulations - part 2 (Separate Page)

VC10 Trials & tribulations - part 3 (Separate Page)

The first and last VC10 flight of Captain Richard King (Separate Page)

G-ARTA's first flight as seen from the left seat (Separate Page)

The Atlantic Dash

Redesigning a VC10

ZA150, Delivery to Departure

IBM and the VC10's tropical trials

Taste of the high life (external page)

A Mig interception during dinner

The aircraft I didn't want to fly (Separate page)

Navigator Basil Payton

Flight Engineer George Albert (Bert) Baker

Hong Kong to London, via Prestwick

The watch that never arrived

VC10 Trials at Aden in 1963

The Pod

Timing is everything

Test Pilots and their games

VC10 cartoons

BOAC post section


Everything RAF:

Something you won't see everyday

My memories of Base Squadron RAF Brize Norton - By Ken 'Chalky' White

Photos by Ken White (Separate Page)

The Ultimate Number Plate

VC10 Poetry, by G.R. Fraser

Memories of RAF Brize Norton, by G.R. Fraser (Separate Page)

Aeromedical VC10

RAF Gan Turnaround

VC10 40th Anniversary Formation Flight

Fun & Games with Harold (Separate Page)

Excitement over Brize Norton

Insurance needed?

VC10 tanking trip

Flying over the North Pole

The VC10 offer of a lifetime

Shiny Toilets and the Junior Jet Club growing up with the VC10

Record setting days in the RAF (Separate Page)

Re-engining the VC10

'Secret' VC10

A Wedding VC10

Introducing the VC10 C Mk1 into RAF service (Separate Page)

Flying VIPs


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