|Quoting StealthZ (Reply 1):|
I would say the biggest reason was that there were so few of them
|Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 3):|
If the RAF VC10 C.Mk.1 transports had come on the market in the 80s or 90s I'm sure they would have been snapped up by cargo operators. They already have a cargo door, etc. They also had Super VC10 engines on a Standard VC10 airframe. Payload v. range would have been good, I suspect.
|Quoting Irish251 (Reply 5):|
Much as I like the VC10, I wonder if its economics would have acceptable. It is a stoutly-built aircraft but this means that it is heavy for its size.
|Quoting Areopagus (Reply 6):|
Somewhere around 1982 I saw a FI article which claimed that the VC-10 was so well protected against corrosion that it turned out not to cost any more than a 707 to operate in the long run when maintenance was taken into account. I'll breathe a sigh for what might have been.