Vickers VC10

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Vickers VC10

The elegant Vickers VC10 was developed for BOAC as a long-range airliner with the ability to operate from short runways. The VC10 flew for the first time on 29 June 1962 and was followed by the stretched Super VC10 in May 1964. Many runways were lengthened by the time the VC10 flew, however, and the aircraft came too late on the market compared to the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. Only 54 were built when production ceased in 1970. A small number of VC10s is still in service with the RAF as aerial tanker and transport aircraft.


Vickers VC10

BOAC was the main operator of the Vickers (BAC) VC10 and Super VC10. Only few other airlines flew the aircraft, including East African, Gulf Air, British Caledonian, British United and Air Malawi. (Photo: BOAC)


Vickers VC10

The VC10 is still in service with the Royal Air Force. This aircraft is supplying fuel to two US Navy F-18 fighters. (Photo: US Navy)

Vickers VC10
The Vickers VC10 was followed by the longer Super VC10 with a capacity of 174 passengers. (Photo: Vickers)