bennett123
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More Delays To FSTA, Effect On VC10

Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:57 am

There is a report in www.vc10.net that EIS for the FSTA is now 2015.

Surely there must be limits to the life of the VC10.

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RE: More Delays To FSTA, Effect On VC10

Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:10 pm

One of the problems with the VC10 when it came into service was that it was too well built and therefore not as competative (price wise) as the competition.

The fact that they were so well built (like a brick s/house) means that they are confident that it will last 50 years in service.

Mind you, they won't be cheap to maintain though.
 
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RE: More Delays To FSTA, Effect On VC10

Wed Jan 10, 2007 12:05 am

The VC-10s are very well built airplanes. The RAF should look at keeping them as long as possible. But, if that is not an option, perhaps they can look at leasing some of the KC-135s stored at DM as an interium aircraft?
 
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RE: More Delays To FSTA, Effect On VC10

Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:15 pm

Given that the VC10's are getting very long in the tooth, I think the RAF needs to think about availability issues.

The last VC10 was built in 1970, and the last Non RAF VC10 retired in 1987. This means that the availability of Non RAF VC10 engineers and spares worldwide is zero.

However, there are Tristar's out there, ATA and the retired Saudi fleets spring to mind.

It might be worth acquiring them, for parts if nothing else.
 
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RE: More Delays To FSTA, Effect On VC10

Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:40 pm

Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 3):
Given that the VC10's are getting very long in the tooth, I think the RAF needs to think about availability issues.

I agree. How big a spares inventory is there for Conways, for example ? It wasn't exactly produced in huge numbers and IIRC the VC10 uses the highest-power version (RCo. 23???). And there aren't a lot of airframes they can cannibalize, unless they want to part out one of the existing fleet.

Is the delay in EIS for FSTA in any way related to the mooted big defense draw-down ?
(see UK To Cancel New Carriers For The Royal Navy? (by Lumberton Jan 23 2007 in Military Aviation & Space Flight) )
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