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  • paulc
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Feb 2003
    • 1072

    RAF VC10

    On Tuesday of this week I got a phone call at work asking if I wanted to join a group on a VC10 flight from Brize Norton - after a nano seconds though I said YES!

    Thursday 10am 2 of us set off for Brize Norton - we had to be there by 12 so we had plenty of time. We met the rest of the group and were escorted to the aircraft - XV108 VC10.

    Took off at 13.40 and returned 3 hours later having been over the North Sea acting as a filling station for some fast jets. On returning to Brize we were still heavy so a low pass was performed to burn off some fuel - 2nd time round we had to do a go-around as something was in the way.

    All in all a stunning afternoon - one of the other people on board said "I have died and gone to photographer heaven" - which sums it up very well.

    Hope you like the pictures
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    Last edited by paulc; 27th October 2004, 05:56.
    http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481
  • paulc
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Feb 2003
    • 1072

    #2
    phot's continued
    Attached Files
    http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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    • steve rowell
      Expat Geordie
      • Apr 2003
      • 13281

      #3
      Mate, they are absolutely superb shots it looks like you had memorable few hours, are the VC-10's ex BOAC birds
      Last edited by steve rowell; 10th September 2004, 09:53.
      Best Regards Steve

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      • paulc
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Feb 2003
        • 1072

        #4
        Steve,

        glad you liked the shots - nobody else here has noticed them yet
        (they are very small file size so quality is not that good - originals are much better)

        Some of the RAF VC10's are ex BOAC (ZA series I think) but the one I was on is a original RAF one (XV108) so still had a full pax seating arrangement with tanks in the belly for refuelling.
        http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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        • Mark L
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2003
          • 4325

          #5
          Should have put this in the main forum for sure!!!!! You flipping lucky ******!
          My recent and upcoming flights

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          • LBARULES
            Pointless flightaholic!
            • May 2003
            • 9820

            #6
            WOW! You lucky person and what incredible shots.

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            • paulc
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Feb 2003
              • 1072

              #7
              cockpit shot of VC10 - should have been the 2nd RR Conway pic but hit wrong button.

              I could have but as it was a trip report I thought it best go here - am sure people will see it somehow

              Yep - definately a lucky *******
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              Last edited by paulc; 10th September 2004, 10:49.
              http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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              • dodrums
                oops
                • Apr 2004
                • 480

                #8
                lovely stuff. out if interest, is the seating forward or rear facing?
                http://www.kmurray.org.uk/ | http://www.flyleadingedge.co.uk/

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                • paulc
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Feb 2003
                  • 1072

                  #9
                  rear facing in the cabin
                  http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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                  • Ren Frew
                    Taxi Rank User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 11826

                    #10
                    Truly excellent stuff. I was supposed to be doing a similar trip in a Nimrod from Kinloss last month but they cancelled at the last minute.

                    Some mates got to do some air to air with US Navy Hornets from the Omega Air Tanker 707 recently. Lucky sods the lot of ya !
                    Go n-ithe an cat th, is go n-ithe an diabhal an cat !

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                    • Papa Lima
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Mar 2004
                      • 2979

                      #11
                      Speechless and green with envy!
                      "Aviation is a useless and expensive fad advocated by a few individuals whose ideas are unworthy of attention."
                      Chief of the Imperial General Staff, Sir W. G. Nicholson

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                      • Skymonster
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Jul 2004
                        • 1986

                        #12
                        Paul, nicely done!!!

                        Andy

                        Oh and by the way - I hate you! :diablo: [JOKE!]
                        "Light travels faster than sound-that's why some people seem bright until they speak"
                        AirTeamImages
                        - the best aviation photography

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                        • paulc
                          Rank 5 Registered User
                          • Feb 2003
                          • 1072

                          #13
                          Andy,

                          thought you might say that - see you at Popham sometime - events on 12 & 19th September wx permitting
                          http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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                          • Swift
                            BAD2 WARTON
                            • Jul 2004
                            • 207

                            #14
                            Stunning shots , what do you do that got you up there in the first place?
                            Steve Young - 'Youngy'.
                            8th April 1969 - 24th July 2005.

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                            • captainben
                              Senior Member
                              • Feb 2004
                              • 961

                              #15
                              You are one hell of a lucky so and so.....
                              Do you need a hearing aid cos of it?! LOL!!

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                              • vicky ten
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Feb 2004
                                • 160

                                #16
                                VC10, I love them, been all around the world on them, with the backwards facing seats (RAF 1960s safety idea)

                                The original RAF VC10's XR and XV series were a hybrid Standard with the performance and range of a Super VC10

                                The ZA series was split, ZA140-144 were originally BOAC standards , owned by BA but leased to Gulf Air, converted to K2 standard they were the oldest airframes and have now all been scrapped.

                                ZA147-ZA150 were ex East African Super VC10s and represented the remaining 4 of the original 5 supplied to that airline. They were converted to K3 standard and are still in service. They were also the last airframes built.

                                Finally The ex-BA super VC10s. The RAF purchased 14 airframes in 1981 storing 11 at Abingdon and 3 at BZN. 5 were eventually selected for conversion to K4 standard. ZD230, 240, 241, 242. ZD235 has been scrapped.
                                Lincolnshire Airfields

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                                • BY767
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Apr 2004
                                  • 326

                                  #17
                                  WOW!!! that's looks like a once in a lifetime experience you had there!!

                                  I'm very jelous, however I did get to go on a VC-10 at RIAT 2004 and meet the crew. They were really friendly and told me everything about the a/c. It was its 38th birthday on the day! lol it had balloons tied to the refuelling spike! The seats were facing backwards and it was not an ex BOAC bird. I doubt I'll ever goet to fly on one though...

                                  I'll try and see if I can get some photos of it later but no promises as yet.

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                                  • paulc
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Feb 2003
                                    • 1072

                                    #18
                                    Swift,

                                    nothing to do with my work at all - it was organised by a aviation group I belong to.

                                    CaptainBe,

                                    no hearing aid required - lovely noise. Flew over Newcastle on return to Brize so you may have see/heard us (approx 15:45pm I think)
                                    http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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                                    • adwwebber
                                      Senior Member
                                      • Jun 2004
                                      • 379

                                      #19
                                      I to had this kind of oppurtunity and it truly is a great experience, My trip was about ten years ago and i would love to do it again. The sound of Conways at full fettle used to wake me up most mornings and the VC10 will always be on of my favourites. Nice pics anymore ?

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                                      • paulc
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Feb 2003
                                        • 1072

                                        #20
                                        Have loads more but all similar to those posted + not got slides back yet either
                                        http:www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=481

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