The Air Day
We arrived at the busy show around 10:30. The displays began at 11 and ran to 12 before having a one-hour break and returning at 13:00 and finishing at 17:30!
More information will be posted in a future report on the whole show which will include many pics!
The VC-10 at the RAF
The VC-10's belong to the RAF and are transport tankers. The VC10's belong to the 101 Squadron of the RAF. Squadron 101 is the only squadron to operate the VC10's since 10 Squadron was disbanded in 2005! The VC10's of Sq 101 are based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, Southern England! The first VC10 was put into service in 1984 after several were brought second hand and converted into tankers! The VC10's will be around for a few years more, they are expected to go around 2011 when they get replaced, many say by the A330!
The Aircraft Itself
The aircraft at Kemble today was ZA147. ZA147 is a VC-10 K3. The K3 model was converted from Type 1154 to become a VC-10 K.Mk 3 aircraft, The aircraft was then converted to feature 3 refueling probes.
The aircraft is ex East Africn Airways (5H-MMT), it then was purchased by the RAF:
Standing under the wing of this classic British beast
Two of the four mighty Rolls Royce Conway's Mk 301's
Another view of the powerplants on this ex East African Airways jet
The landing gear
One of three refuling probes on this jet
The Trip Inside
The stairs up to the front starboard door of the aircraft
Looking towards to nose of the the VC-10 with the nose probe visable
The badge of the 101 Squadron
Looking back along the fuselage
Looking onto the wing of the VC10 K
Going into the aircraft, with the details of the door visible
Anyone fancy a beverage?
The toilet/restroom onboard this classic jet, still looking in fairly good condition
The first row of seating on the VC-10, seats look comfy, notice the 101 Sq. head-motifs
Futher rows of seats, fancy a snooze?
Wingview of the VC10
Looking down towards the back of the aircraft
The tanks to carry additonal fuel for other aircraft, many say theres just beer in there
The fuel tanks again, with the emergency exit visible
Wing view with the Red Arrows smoke trails left
Looking out of the wing and towards the rear of the aircraft
Looking towards a dark hole in the tail of the VC10 tanker
Preview of the Show
A Harrier perfoming a display for the public, currently hovering over the crowd
Beleive it or not, this is actualy a take-off
A classic American Mustang (I think?)
Several helicopters hovering just a few feet of the ground
The Red Arrows after the arrival
Looking towards the ex Corsair (European) 747-200, seen with the troubled Tornado (Which had to abort take-off)
The 757-200 of the NZAF flying the English flag after a superb show with breathtaking stunts and turns! The aicraft was simply amazing, it even did a low fast pass over the runway!
More to come in my future "Kemble Air Day" post.......
I'd like to thank the organizers of this wonderful event. I'd especialy like to thank the crew of the RNZAF 757 for putting on a wonderful show.
A big thanks go to the crew of the VC-10 for touring me around the aircraft and letting me take so many photos of this wonderful peice of engineering! If the crew of ZA147 comes on a.net, thanks alot I'd like to thank the women who took me round the aircraft, I was the one that you said "I like your camera" to Thanks also to the RAF guy in the line, he allowed us be be one of the last people on the aircraft
I hope you enjoy the post on the VC10, after all it's a beast of a machine
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11172 times:
Very cool My mother used to fly the VC-10 a lot when her parents were working in Iran and she was at school in the UK. Certainly one of the more graceful aircraft in the sky nowadays, can remember driving on the A34 near Abingdon and seeing a couple banking round to prepare to land at Brize Norton.
Do you recall whose UAS Grob Tutor is in this photo? I used to fly in the UAS and intrigue has got the better of me!
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13297 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 11150 times:
Thanks a lot for this.
Very nice pics.
A great look at a great aircraft.
Though that WW2 US aircraft, was a P-40, not a P-51 Mustang.
I often go to Brooklands, with a minor, residual involvement in the rebuilding of Concorde 202 G-BBDG, (opening next month, I've an invite and your post has inspired me to attempt something similar for this).
When at Brooklands, I usually go on the VC-10, the Standard model last used by the Sultan Of Oman, until 1987.
How about that cockpit? More space than a 747, also reminding me of the spaciousness of the L1011.
With some instruments/systems, at least in their designations, (like Hyd systems), similar to Concorde.
Here are some random pics, picked for their atmosphere, of VC-10's;
VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1417 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 11115 times:
Nice set of pictures, which bring back memories when the VC-10 first entered service with BOAC and she was quite popular with the ground engineers as she generated quite a bit of overtime, what with failing pressurization compressors, difficult to set main landing gear down locks, Powered flying control unit changes never mind the odd!! engine changes. Mind you some of these problems were due to our lack of experience at the time on type and resolved themselves eventually.
From a flight crew perspective she was a great aircraft, quiet, comfortable and she very rarely scared you, although I know some people who have white hair to prove that was not always the case. Mind you the F/E on a
Super VC-10 had to watch the engine in the climb [between 24 and 29000 ft] in case they surged which would scare the life out of the girls in the rear galley and ruin his chances for the rest of the trip l
One of the fondest memories I have was taxiing to the runway in the Middle East to do a short flight, and thus we were going to do a reduced power take off. In front 3 Hawker Hunters of the local airforce took off, and in that heat you have to say their performance was less than spectacular. It was at this point the Captain announced we would do a full power T/Off just to show them and the old girl went up like a rocket. This was with passengers aboard who thought it was great and nobody even thought about suing the airline,
and the tower mentioned that we should be a military aircraft with that performance, little did he know that his words would come true.
The other interesting trip was Kingston to Montego Bay when PanAm 707 and BOAC VC-10 were doing the same route at the same time, so the race was on between the two to get to Mo Bay first because he got there first got the only refuelling truck and so would depart on time, whilst leaving the other to fume
A great aircraft and a great time, but I suppose crews would get the sack now or be sued by their passengers if they tried it today, OR would they?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13297 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10488 times:
Maverick, you might have seen a 10 Sqn VC-10, transport/tanker, which had RAF spec VC-10's delivered from 1966-67.
They often did have the nose refuelling probe fitted, but not always, unlike the 101 Sqn airliner conversions.
They used to be in the 'shiny' white livery, more recently, as well as having wing refuelling pods fitted, they adopted the low visibility grey scheme, as they were tasked with tanking as well as transport.
Though it is probably very unusual in recent times to see any RAF VC-10 with the nose probe.