Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1932 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2003 times:
This Il-62 is parked at Maxton-Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA. I believe the hull was being used for anti-terrorist training (as was an Air France Boeing 707-328) in the 1980s. People who have visited the boneyard have seen shell casings and strange structures containing the doors of a variety of aircraft. I saw a picture of this bird with the "BAC Vickers VC-10" logos back in 1986 (at the height of the Reagan reign), so this deliberate mislabeling goes back quite a few years.
I wish I had a few million (dollars, that is) to find a more suitable home for this lovely aircraft. She certainly deserves better than this.
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Lindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3096 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 1991 times:
Those crazy Czechs! This is obviously some kind of Commie Bohemian plot to mislead decent American spotters into thinking that the Brits were supplying the Reds with airliners. I think the people responsible for this should be defenestrated.
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
Actually, the reason is that there was a joint UK/US exercise going on which involved the RAF sending over several VC10s. the black strips show the placement of a VC10's doors, so this aircraft was used for ground training.