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C/n 812 - G-ARVJ - ZD493
C/n 813 - G-ARVK - ZA143
C/n 814 - G-ARVL - ZA140
C/n 815 - G-ARVM
C/n 819 - G-ASIW - 7Q-YKH
C/n 820 - G-ASIX - A4O-AB
C/n 823 - 9G-ABO
C/n 824 - 9G-ABP
C/n 825 - G-ATDJ - XX914
C/n 826 - XR806
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C/n 829 - XR809
C/n 830 - XR810
C/n 831 - XV101
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C/n 833 - XV103
C/n 834 - XV104
C/n 835 - XV105
C/n 836 - XV106
C/n 837 - XV107
C/n 838 - XV108
C/n 839 - XV109
C/n 851 - G-ASGA - ZD230
C/n 852 - G-ASGB
C/n 853 - G-ASGC
C/n 854 - G-ASGD
C/n 855 - G-ASGE
C/n 856 - G-ASGF
C/n 857 - G-ASGG - ZD235
C/n 858 - G-ASGH
C/n 859 - G-ASGI
C/n 860 - G-ASGJ
C/n 861 - G-ASGK
C/n 862 - G-ASGL - ZD240
C/n 863 - G-ASGM - ZD241
C/n 864 - G-ASGN
C/n 865 - G-ASGO
C/n 866 - G-ASGP - ZD242
C/n 867 - G-ASGR
C/n 881 - 5X-UVA
C/n 882 - 5H-MMT - ZA147
C/n 883 - 5Y-ADA - ZA148
C/n 884 - 5X-UVJ - ZA149
C/n 885 - 5H-MOG - ZA150

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C/n 881 - 5X-UVA

Timeline

Date  
March 1965 Contract for purchase of three Super VC10s from BAC signed in Nairobi.

3 September 1966

First flight from Brooklands to Wisley. A set of Conway 540 engines was borrowed from a Standard VC10 for this flight as the 550B engines were not ready yet.
September 1966 Carried out a Performance Guarantee flight prior to acceptance. Took off from London Airport with full fuel and flew between Le Havre and Stornoway carrying out cruise climb procedures.
30 September 1966 Delivery to EAA as 5X-UVA, registered in Uganda. A festive ceremony was held at Wisley for the occasion.
11 October 1966 Delivery flight from Heathrow with Captain G.W. Mitchell (EAA chief instructor SVC10) and Lew Roberts (BAC). Delayed by an hour as not all the guarantees for the lease/purchase agreement were in place. Flew to Nairobi via Rome and Cairo.
13 October 1966 First scheduled service by EAA Super VC10.
7 September 1967 Left Nairobi at 13:00 for first proving flight to Hong Kong, via Addis Ababa, Karachi, Bombay and Bangkok. Captain Reg Cartwright carried out the first ever landing of a Super VC10 at Kai Tak airport and also the first landing of an EAA aircraft there. Left again after five hours on the ground and routed over Da Nang at 36,000 feet to stay clear of B-52 bombers carrying out missions from Guam.
18 April 1972 Destroyed during take off accident at Addis Ababa.

Photos


Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

1. 5X-UVA seen in the flight sheds at Weybridge during final assembly alongside two RAF VC10s.
2. With the aircraft looking a bit more complete, a delegation from EAA visits for an inspection.
3. Chief Fundurika (2nd from left) was the head of EAA when the VC10s were ordered.
4. This view from above the tailplane shows that the engines have yet to be installed. In the end a set of Conway 540s borrowed from a Standard VC10 was used for the first flight as there were no Conway 550Bs available yet.


Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

1. 5X-UVA taxiing at Brooklands before its first flight.
2. After its first flight rest of the testing program was conducted from Wisley.
3. EAA's first VC10 was the subject of an air-to-air photo session.
4. These images would turn up in many places for publicity purposes.


Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

1. The handover of this first Super VC10 to EAA was carried out with some ceremony at Wisley.
2. A shiny new 5X-UVA at the Heathrow maintenance base showing off its main deck cargo door.
3. The EAA airframes were the only Super VC10s with this feature. They had a first class cabin ahead of the cargo door.
4. This feature made this a very flexible airliner, able to carry a wide ranging mix of passengers and cargo.


Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo EAA / collection J. Hieminga

Photo EAA / collection J. Hieminga

Photo EAA / collection J. Hieminga

1. 5X-UVA landing at Heathrow airport. The black building is the British Eagle hangar, TBK is at the far left.
2. Promotional photo from the airline that shows 5X-UVA from a high viewpoint.
3. This composite was created by editing the previous photo into another photo to make it appear as if the aircraft is in flight. The tailplane setting is incorrect for this though.
4. The tail of 5X-UVA frames the control tower at Entebbe Airport.


Photo BAE Systems/Brooklands Museum archives

Photo B. McCartney

Photo collection J. Hieminga via T. Singfield

Photo A.J. Altevogt

1. EAA's first Super VC10 at Entebbe.
2. 5X-UVA spotted at Heathrow on 27 January 1967.
3. 5X-UVA parked and in between flights.
4. 5X-UVA seen at Paris Orly Airport on 7 June 1969.


Photo collection J. Hieminga

Photo Bill Ware-Austin via Harriet Ware-Austin
 

1. An airline issue postcard showing the first EAA Super VC10: 5X-UVA.
2. A moody photo showing 5X-UVA at Heathrow parked next to a Qantas 707-138.
3. EAA's first Super VC10, 5X-UVA, at Addis Ababa on Tuesday, 18 April 1972, on the day of its final flight.

Colourschemes

EAA White fuselage top, grey tailplane and fuselage bottom. Four colour cheatline in black, red, yellow and green, broadening towards the rear. Sun logo on white fin with flags of three EAA parter nations, country of registration at top. East African in light blue above windows.


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