Vickers VC10 (G-ARTA) taking off at Weybridge 29-06-1962
Vickers VC10 (G-ARTA) taking off at Weybridge 29-06-1962
The last of the Vickers Armstrong built designs was the Type 1101 VC10, the first of which (G-ARTA) flew for the first time from Weybridge on 29th June 1962.  By this time and despite being named 'Vickers VC10', Vickers-Armstrong themselves had already amalgamated to form part the Commercial Aircraft sector of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC).
The Vickers VC10 was closely constrained by its BOAC specification which required operation from short airfields in Africa at both high altitudes and temperatures (hot and high). This suited a number of African and Middle Eastern operators but restricted its appeal worldwide. The high performance of the Vickers VC10 was such that it achieved the sub-sonic record for a Trans-Atlantic crossing of just 5 hours 1 minute, a record which it still holds today.
The Vickers VC10 was characterised by its soaring T-tail and four rear-mounted Conway engines which provided a quiet passenger cabin and was exploited in the contemporary BOAC advertising with the slogan ‘Try a little VC-Tenderness’.  
Despite consistent popularity with its passengers, the VC10 only saw service with BOAC from April 1964 to 1975 with just 12 examples reaching completion. Other operators included British United Airways (subsequently British Caledonian), East African Airways, Ghana Airways, Air Malawi and the Royal Air Force.
Nigerian Airways had planned to order a pair of VC10's but eventually cancelled the order due to financial difficulties.
Vickers Super VC10 BOAC (G-ASGR) landing at Wisley
Vickers Super VC10 BOAC (G-ASGR) landing at Wisley
The Type 1151 / Super VC10 was developed to offer lower seat-per-mile costs on trans-Atlantic services and it featured an increased fuselage length, take-off weight and passenger capacity, all combined with increased thrust Conway engines.
On 7th May 1964, the first Vickers Super VC10 (G-ASGA) flew for the first time, entering airline service with BOAC in April of the following year.
Vickers VC10 BUA with Cargo Door
Vickers VC10 (BUA) with large Cargo Door
BUA ordered the Vickers VC10, specifying a large forward cargo door, resulting in additional sales to Ghana Airways, East African Airways and significantly, 14 aircraft for the RAF for use by Transport Command as the Vickers VC10 C.1 (later designated Vickers C.1K).
The RAF aircraft were later augmented by additional examples (of both the Vickers VC10 and Vickers Super VC10) purchased from civil operators, the type being re-fitted to support air-to-air refuelling operations as the VC10 K.2 and K.3.  The Vickers VC10 tankers continued to serve the RAF operating from Brize Norton until the the last official RAF flight of Vickers VC10 K.3 (ZA147) No 101 Squadron, which landed at Bruntingthorpe on 20th September 2013.
A short transfer flight occurred on 24th September when she was flown to Dunsfold on 24th September 2013, bringing to an end 51 years of VC10 service.
Vickers VC10 K Mk2 RAF ZA141 Tanker 2
Vickers VC10 K Mk2 RAF Tanker (ZA141)



Vickers VC10 Type 1100
2 Built
Prototype; one built / one converted to Type 1109
BAC VC10 Type 1101
12 Built
BOAC Specification 'Standard' variant
BAC VC10 Type 1102
3 Built
Ghana Airways passenger cargo specification
BAC VC10 Type 1103
2 Built
BUA passenger cargo specification
BAC VC10 Type 1109 Converted from Type 1100 for lease to Laker Airways
BAC Super VC10 Type 1151
17 Built
BAC Super VC10 Type 1154
5 Built
East African Airways' passenger cargo
VC10 C1: RAF VC10 Type 1106
14 Built
13 converted to VC10 C1K
VC10 C1K: RAF VC10 Type 1180 Transport/tanker aircraft converted from VC10 C1, 2-point and no main deck tanks
VC10 K2: RAF VC10 Type 1112
5 Conversions
Inflight refuelling tankers converted from Type 1101
VC10 K3: RAF VC10 Type 1164
4 Conversions
Inflight refuelling tankers converted from Type 1154, 3-point and main deck tanks
VC10 K4: RAF VC10 Type 1170
5 Conversions
inflight refuelling tankers converted from Type 1151, 3-point but no main deck tanks



VC10 Type 1101
Super VC10 Type 1151
VC10 C.1 Type 1106
4x R-R Conway RCo42 21,000 lbst
4x R-R Conway RCo43 22,500 lbst
4x R-R Conway RCo43 22,500 lbst
146ft 2 in
146ft 2in
146ft 2in
158ft 8in
171ft 8in
158ft 8in
Max Weight
312,000 lb
335,000 lb
322,000 lb
10 crew, 115-135 passengers
12 crew, 139 – 163 passengers
5 crew, 150 troops or 78 stretcher cases
Maximum Speed
580 mph
580 mph
580 mph
Max Range
5,850 nm
5,960 nm
6,260 nm



Type 1101
Flugausstellung, Hermeskeil, Germany
Type 1101
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK.
Type 1103
(A40-AB / G-ASIX)
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey, UK.
Type 1151
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK
Type 1180 C1K
Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, UK
Type 1164 K3
Dunsfold Park, Dunsfold, Surrey, UK
Type 1164 K3
Classic Air Force Collection, Cornwall Aircraft Museum, Newquay, Cornwall, UK
Type 1170 K4
(ZD241 / G-AGSM)
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire, UK
Type 1164 K3
Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire, UK


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