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End Of An Era

By Dave_Collier    
Not my usual style of work, but yesterday saw the final mission to be flown by these venerable antique noise generators and an end to use world wide. The two last aircraft are due to be placed in museums in Leicestershire and Surrey.

For nine years of my RAF career I worked on these aircraft in the maintenance base, initially replacing the landing gear as part of scheduled maintenance, and towards the end of my time in the RAF developing a part of a maintenance management system to support an increasingly heavy workload to keep these aircraft in the air.

VC10 K2 air to air refuelling tanker aircraft of 101 Squadron Royal Air Force taken in the 1980s at Brize Norton. This aircraft was originally a civilian airliner and was converted for military use when these aircraft were withdrawn from civil use due to increasing noise regulations at civil airports.

Tags: Transport Royal air force Vc10 K Mk2 ZA142 Air to air refueling tanker

Voters: User_Removed, NaturesHaven, dudler and 11 more

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NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
21 Sep 2013 1:47PM
When I joined the RAF my first experience flight was on a VC!0...........we landed at Waddo (Vulcan Bombers) during an exercise, we were met by some very nice men with guns...........we called everybody sir then..GrinGrinGrin
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1870 England
21 Sep 2013 3:36PM
Well worth a salute to somethign that has, in my lifetime, gone from glamorous newcomer to old stager.

May they be revered in retirement.
snag 10 18 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 5:52PM
3 years at Brize Norton. They were probably the most graceful looking RAF aircraft, but also one of the noisiest. I loved them Grin
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 6:13PM
Interesting write up and images Dave. Version 1 being my favourite.

marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 10:21PM
During my 24 years in the RN we "chatted" to these guys on many occasions, and being a Leicester lad at heart am gld to see one going there.

Nice one Dave.
I flew many aeromeds on this beautiful aircraft. End of a era, and proud to have worked on them
Phantom7 15 29 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 9:26PM
Nice to see Dave.I went to Bruntingthorpe to see the first ones come in for their funerals.I felt very touched to be honest.Within 1 hour panels were off etc etc.I was glad to be part of their life though.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
12 Oct 2013 1:22PM
Good to know of your involvement in these Dave.

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