ORDAgent has it right, VC
-10 was tailored for BOAC, who ordered 15 Standards and 30 Supers.
Then decided they were not so keen, reducing to 12 Standards and 17 Supers.
They went further, passing assessments, which turned out to be exaggerated, of VC
-10's poor economics, to prospective VC
Welcome to the world of UK corporate practice as it was, a state aided carrier dumping on a partly state funded aircraft, built to their spec.
Then going begging for yet more handouts!
It is true that VC
-10 suffered later from stunted engine development, compared to the engines on DC-8/707, originally big improvements in the Conway were to lead to a Super VC
-10 seating up to 212, but lack of BOAC interest led to the reduced Super that was built.
So a chance to beat the DC-8-60 series into production, with a matching product, was lost.
The ironies carried on, BOAC soon found the VC
-10 to have massive pax appeal, it might seem noisy on the outside now, but the cabin's lack of noise and smoothness was soon a BOAC marketing tool, this appeal lasted well into the widebody age.
were to phase the last Supers out in 1983, however the early 80's recession brought it forward to March 1981.
In the mid 60's, the RAF got 14 C.1 aircraft, with Standard fuselage, Super wing and engines, an APU, cargo door and handling equipment, refueling receiver probe and more.
Most are still around today, since the mid 90's they've had refueling drogues on the wings for a tanker role, as the VIP role has largely gone, except when extra security is needed.
9 ex airline Standards and Supers (Supers being ex East African Airways who brought new ones in 1967-70), were converted to 3 point tankers, 5 of the 14 stored ex BA
Supers were converted in the early 90's.
A few years ago, it was thought the VC
-10's would go around 1999, as it's turned out they go about a decade later, had this been known in the late 80's a plan to re-engine with 4 x V2500 engines might have been approved after all.
Eventually A330's will replace them and the RAF Tristars.
Loved by pax and flight crews, even the engineers loved them, many of my colleagues in BA
Concorde were ex VC
-10, some going back to building them at BAC, in 1998 I asked one what was the best part of his holiday to the US East Coast, he replied hearing the noise of the Conway engines before seeing a RAF VC
-10 taxi past his aircraft.
With the RAF a busy force, no doubt the VC
-10 will be supporting UK and Allied forces all over the world right until the end, they provided a big chunk of USN
refueling in the late 2001 Afghanistan campaign.
One rear mounted wide body was mooted, in the late 60's BAC wanted to build the BAC 3-11, imagine an A300 sized BAC 1-11 on steroids, with twin RB
.207 engines, neither the engine or aircraft was built.
Before that, around 1966, BAC pushed a twin deck VC
-10, seating up to 284, further Conway improvements, or better yet, if they could wait a bit, the planned 30,000lb high bypass RB
.178, to provide power, 4 engines still in both cases.
Guess who wasn't interested?