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Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Mon Aug 14, 2000 3:42 pm

Could anybody say when did the BAe Trident, Dassault Mercure and Vickers VC-10 go out of service? I guess that the Tridents went in the early 1990s. The Mercure I cannot say - there are pictures from 1994 in this website showing them active but no recent publication (1997 onwards) includes discussion of them so I guess mid-'90s. A post on another thread said 1991, which thus is confusing. As for VC-10 I do not know at all.

Does anybody know?

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RE: Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Tue Aug 15, 2000 5:20 am

As far as I know the Dassault Mercure flew with Air Inter (it's only operator btw) until 1994 or 95. The last Tridents were in Service in China, but I don't recall until when. The VC 10 is still flying with the British Royal Air Force.

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RE: Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Tue Aug 15, 2000 10:03 am

The AIR INTER end the MERCURE services in 1995, unfortunately i havent the exactly date. They had 11 MERCURE 100 in service:
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RE: Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Tue Aug 15, 2000 10:37 am

BA ordered 757s and 737s to replace its Tridents and all were gone by 1985. Thus the end of that chapter in British airplane manufacturing...

Isn't it weird that Mercure's lasted the longest despite being the worst (at least in performance) of the three. The Trident should of had a better time than it did.
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RE: Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Wed Aug 16, 2000 4:59 am

The VC10 last flew commercially about 1981. There are currently up to 24 or 25
flyable examples in the world, all with the RAF (of 54 built).

12 Mercures were built, including 2 prototypes, one of which entered service
with the 10 production examples of Air Inter. Their service life ended in 1995,
but many are preserved or instructional.

117 Tridents were built, and most were scrapped or w/o. However, there is a
fleet of well over a dozen in the CAAC, but I don't know if they are flown still.
I think that there are a few civil ones in China too, which may be out of service
or even scrapped. I need to get more info on this kind.
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RE: Trident, Mercure Death Dates

Wed Aug 16, 2000 5:38 pm

Thanks a lot guys! As always, this forum is the greatest for learning about all of this trivia. Again, thank you all.

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