Aviation Photo #2182907 Vickers Super VC10 Srs1151 - BOAC

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A front row view of this BOAC Super VC10 as the ground crew ready her for another long haul flight out of JFK. A TWA Convair 880 taxis in to the gates in the distance. Note the gantry used to service the rear galley as a means of avoiding the two paired starboard RR 43D Conways. On the lower left, the flight engineer begins his pre-flight ground checks. GH was used by BOAC/BA for 16 years, before being withdrawn in 1981; then used by the RAF for spares, until finally broken up in 1987.
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    Dan Clark
    BOAC
    Vickers Super VC10 Srs1151
    Vickers VC10/Super VC10
    Vickers VC10/Super VC10
    Vickers
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    New York - John F. Kennedy International (Idlewild)
    New York
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Photo Added: November 09, 2012

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Anonymous
4 years ago
This is a moment in history with two aircraft that unfortunately never met the success that their futuristic designs and abilities merited. Well caught and well done to the busy ground crews also.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Oh my! Want to climb up the stairs of this beauty and settle in. Brimming with atmosphere, thank you for this!
Anonymous
4 years ago
A beautiful aircraft, I am predjudiced, my late father helped build them, in particular the boundary layer fences on the wings.
Anonymous
4 years ago
That is a sexy photo! Love all that classic metal
Anonymous
4 years ago
2 of my favs from the Golden Age of jet travel in one frame. I never had the pleasure of riding in a VC10, though.
Anonymous
4 years ago
I love the detail of this photo, there is so much going on with the ground crew and taxing aircraft. I have been looking at this photo for several minutes now and I keep seeing something new.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Great picture showing lots of details. Also, note that both starboard Conways have covers on them to avoid FOD during service to the rear galley. I'm sure this was one of the many odd birds of the '60's and '70's that ground crews had issues with due to their "interesting" design.
Anonymous
4 years ago
What a Beauty. To all those who worked with VC10 birds - thanks.
Anonymous
4 years ago
This is a stunning photo which brings back many memories. I loved the Super VC10 and travelled LHR to SYD and return several times many years ago. Funnily though, I have just realised an anomaly. It's probably deliberate to give the illusion of "forward motion" and we have to imagine a flagpole at the right of the flag, but the British flag is upside down! I imagine it's the correct way up on the port side.
Anonymous
4 years ago
A brilliant picture. From an era when aviation was so much more interesting than today... The three planes in the picture (there's a 707 on the left, if I see it right) are relatively small by today's standards, certainly for long-haul planes, but to me they are much more impressive than modern planes, however big and powerful they may be. The early jets were all about speed, glamour, raw power, noise, smoke and JetA smell.

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