30 Jul '13, 2pm

The last Vickers VC10 C1K (XR808) was delivered to Bruntingthorpe by 101 Squadron.

The last Vickers VC10 C1K (XR808) was delivered to Bruntingthorpe by 101 Squadron.

The last Vickers VC10 C1K (XR808) was delivered to Bruntingthorpe today, 29th July 2013, by 101 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton and into retirement. This is the latest stage of the planned drawdown of the steadfast but ageing VC10 fleet prior to its replacement by Voyager, the RAF’s exciting new state-of-the-art AT/AAR asset now in service with 10 Squadron. XR808 was first operated by 10 Squadron, which reformed on the 1st July 1966, and was the first unit to fly the Vickers VC10 C1 initially at RAF Fairford before moving to RAF Brize Norton in May 1967. During its time on 10 Squadron it was used for the usual peacetime passenger and cargo roles all over the world - its strengthened floor being a major difference from the civil versions. This was to prove useful during the first Gulf War when the aircraft flew up to 50 1000lb bombs at a time out to the Gulf to rearm the Tornado...

Full article: http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/vc10-c1k-retires-30072013

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