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RAF VC-10 At LAS: Any Info?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3868 times:

I took this undated picture at LAS probably in the late 90's, judging from the background (though I didn't note the date).

Can anyone shed some light on it, specifically the history and current disposition of the aircraft and perhaps what it was doing at McCarran as opposed to Nellis?

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/Planes/Vegas_Royal

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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6411 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3859 times:

Couldn't definitively tell you, but the RAF sent the VC-10 a few times (in tanker form  Wink ) to BIF for the Amigo Airsho down in El Paso in the 1990's.

This one looks like it might be in pax. config. Maybe some of our friends from the other side of the pond could tell us: have all of the VC-10's been converted to straight tanker form, or did the RAF maintain some as troop transports (like the RAF L-1011's?).



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8561 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3833 times:
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I have nothing to add apart from I really wish I'd manged a flight on the VC-10, such a gracefull bird.

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3817 times:



Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Can anyone shed some light on it, specifically the history and current disposition of the aircraft and perhaps what it was doing at McCarran as opposed to Nellis?

In case these questions get no answers here in 'civil, the whole thread might get more attention over in 'MIl&Space ...
Shall we wait one day before hitting "SD" and get the thread moved ?
-HT



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User currently offlineDaCubbyBearBar From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3688 times:

It quite possibly could have been in LAS for "RED FLAG" maneuvers out at Nellis AFB. LSV can sometimes be very congested during these operations. I have personally seen many different countries bring their planes in to LAS instead of LSV during this time. It could simply be a 15 minute flight over if the plane had to be there.


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25768 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3683 times:

Not that unusual visitor to Vegas. Matter of fact discussed only a couple months ago.
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/60945



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User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1935 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3579 times:

In fact, we had one here just a couple days ago. Fortunately, VC-10's at LAS show up several times per year. Mostly timed with Red Flag excersises, but also for other excercises at Nellis. The main reason they come to LAS is because the RAF has a fuel contract with Signature Flight Support (one of the FBO's at LAS). Therefor

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6411 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3571 times:



Quoting Crownvic (Reply 6):
The main reason they come to LAS is because the RAF has a fuel contract with Signature Flight Support (one of the FBO's at LAS). Therefor

I'm sure an FBO owner would love a contract to refuel fuel tankers  dollarsign   dollarsign   dollarsign 



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User currently offlineOpso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Signature is the correct reason. Sometimes accomodation is an issue at Nellis and 2 Group, which controls the RAF Tanking Fleet has a large budget.... The crews never complain about being moved to operate from KLAS!!!

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