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RAF VC10 Tour - Many Pics And Info Included  
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 10476 times:

I recently visited the Kemble Air Day 2006 which was on the 18th of June! The show was located at Gloucestershire's Kemble Airfield which is located in South-West England  Smile

Kemble is an ex-RAF base but is now home to many classic jets, general aviation and civil aicraft mainly heading for scrapping!

Kemble has 3 runways, two asphalt and one grass runway!

Kemble use to be home to the Red Arrows when the airport was an RAF base

Here is a map of the airfield located below:


More Info Here
Kemble Airfield Info

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!

More Info
RAF Brize Norton Info 101 Squadron
The Vickers VC-10

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:

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The Exterior


Landing gear of the classic airliner


The nose of the VC 10

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Another nose shot, with the probe visible

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The VC-10 in good size comparison with a prop

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Head to head with the VC10

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Looking towards the tail of the classic jet

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The VC 10 in rather typical UK weather!  Wink

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Future a.netters perhaps Big grin

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Standing under the wing of this classic British beast

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Two of the four mighty Rolls Royce Conway's Mk 301's

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Another view of the powerplants on this ex East African Airways jet


The landing gear

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One of three refuling probes on this jet

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The Trip Inside
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The stairs up to the front starboard door of the aircraft

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Looking towards to nose of the the VC-10 with the nose probe visable

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The badge of the 101 Squadron

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Looking back along the fuselage


Looking onto the wing of the VC10 K

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Going into the aircraft, with the details of the door visible


Anyone fancy a beverage?

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The toilet/restroom onboard this classic jet, still looking in fairly good condition  Wink


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?  Embarrassment

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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  Wink


The fuel tanks again, with the emergency exit visible

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Wing view with the Red Arrows smoke trails left

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Looking out of the wing and towards the rear of the aircraft

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Looking towards a dark hole in the tail of the VC10 tanker

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The Cockpit













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Preview of the Show
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A Harrier perfoming a display for the public, currently hovering over the crowd


Beleive it or not, this is actualy a take-off  Wink


A classic American Mustang (I think?)


Several helicopters hovering just a few feet of the ground

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The Red Arrows after the arrival

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Looking towards the ex Corsair (European) 747-200, seen with the troubled Tornado (Which had to abort take-off)

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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.......

Thanks to...
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  bigthumbsup  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  Wink Thanks also to the RAF guy in the line, he allowed us be be one of the last people on the aircraft  Smile

I hope you enjoy the post on the VC10, after all it's a beast of a machine  Wink

Rob!  wave 

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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3700 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10423 times:

Very cool  thumbsup  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.

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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!



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1912 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10417 times:
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Nice pictures!

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 1):
My mother used to fly the VC-10

My mother flew on this aircraft quite a bit when she was growing up England. The inside of the aircraft looks rather nice.


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 10401 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;

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I may well include others on your post in Military Aviation.


User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 10370 times:

Ahh I was there at the Kemble Air Day last weekend as well, it was a very good day out (I only live down the road, so its all better for that).

Great photos, cheers!


User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 10367 times:

Very nice pics indeed, I have to say that's one aircraft I NEED to fly on before they retire!

Pretty Grob Tutor, had a flight in one of those a couple of weeks ago, very responsive!

Tom Big grin



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User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days ago) and read 10366 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?

happy memories littlevc10  old 


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10245 times:

Looks like you had a good day.

I have seen the New Zealand 757 perform and all I can say is wow.



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User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10078 times:

What fantastic pictures of the VC-10 - thank you!

Also good to see 40 Squadron from RNZAF Whenuapai at Kemble!  Smile



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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2899 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10055 times:

Thanks a lot for this wonderful report with all the great pics - the VC-10 is simply amazing, and your pics illustrate the aircraft very nicely!

Regards, Alex.


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17335 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 10037 times:

Awesome pics! Some coworkers and I got a tour of a RAF VC-10 when it came to Denver a couple years ago. Nice crew and awesome airplane!


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8486 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 9916 times:
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Nice, liked that.

The VC-10 is perhaps my fav aircraft,I only wish I had been able to fly her in commerical service (along with the Trident), she is a real classic and a beauty at that!

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 9754 times:

Thanks alot for the repleys guys, glad you liked the TR  Smile

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
The VC-10 is perhaps my fav aircraft,I only wish I had been able to fly her in commerical service (along with the Trident), she is a real classic and a beauty at that!

I agree, I would have loved to have flown the VC10 in commercial service  Smile

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 10):
Awesome pics! Some coworkers and I got a tour of a RAF VC-10 when it came to Denver a couple years ago. Nice crew and awesome airplane!

Thanks, the VC10 sure is a great aircraft  Smile
Did you tour a VC-10 like above with all of the tanks?

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 9):
Thanks a lot for this wonderful report with all the great pics - the VC-10 is simply amazing, and your pics illustrate the aircraft very nicely!

Thanks Alex for the reply!  Smile

Quoting NZ8800 (Reply 8):
Also good to see 40 Squadron from RNZAF Whenuapai at Kemble!

It sure was, and may I say what a fantastic squadron they are  Smile

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 4):
Ahh I was there at the Kemble Air Day last weekend as well, it was a very good day out (I only live down the road, so its all better for that).

Great photos, cheers!

Thanks, what was your favourite display?

I look forward to posting the Kemble Air Day TR later this week, so keep an eye-out for it Big grin

Thanks alot guys for the great comments  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17335 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 9749 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 12):
Did you tour a VC-10 like above with all of the tanks?

I don't remember it having the swordfish nose type thing...but it looked very similar.



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13165 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 9739 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.


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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 8465 times:

Thanks again for the replies.  Smile

Rob!  wave 


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