Mrbrooks From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3171 times:
I was sitting on the deck tonight and not paying a lot of attention and I heard a call for a Heavy landing at MSP around 7:00 tonight on 12R. The accent was British and the plane was loud. It was not a scheduled airliner. It looked like a VC-10. Was that possible? I didn't see anything on FLightAware. Does anyone know what that was?
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26547 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3024 times:
Quoting VV701 (Reply 2): Quoting Mrbrooks (Thread starter):
Was that possible?
Well, not likely. But possible.
Quoting BMI727 (Reply 1): Quoting Mrbrooks (Thread starter):
It looked like a VC-10. Was that possible?
It certainly could be. The RAF VC-10 tankers do show up in the states from time to time. This also explains why it wouldn't be on FlightAware.
If you do a search you will find several previous threads referring to RAF VC-10s (and other RAF transport types including L1011s and C-130s) landing at MSP. In most cases I think they are fuel stops en route to support various military exercises in the western U.S.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2152 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2983 times:
Yep, that would be the RAF. And it could have very well been a VC-10. I was spotting there a couple years when a VC-10 came in for a landing on 12R. Needless to say it was a pleasant surprise. It remains the only time I've seen a VC-10. I've seen an RAF Tristar takeoff in HNL of all places, but not MSP. Guess I have better luck 4,000 miles away instead of 100 for that type. . .
OAKBWIfella From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2030 times:
Quoting Flygbear (Reply 6): I can verify that I've seen this a/c type in and out of MSP many times, if not regularly
I can concur with that...often the VC-10, RAF C130 and L1011 would come into MSP and would park at a remote stand near the Humphrey Terminal where I worked. It was good to give the RAF chaps a wave as they were deplaning for a deserved rest. The VC-10 engines were a sound to enjoy...and with its loudness you could enjoy it for a good while!