Vickers Super VC10 Type 1151 in British Overseas Airways Corporation livery

Vickers Super VC10 Type 1151

Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd

Vickers Super VC10 G-ASGC

The third of seventeen Type 1151 Super VC10 aircraft built at Weybridge by Vickers, G-ASGC first flew on 1 January 1965. Delivered to BOAC on 27 March 1965, G-ASGC made her first commercial flight on 3rd May, flying across the North Atlantic. Following the merger of BOAC and BEA in March 1974, British Airways began retiring their VC10 fleet although G-ASGC - repainted in British Airways colours - continued in service with British Airways albeit on shorter European routes.

G-ASGC's last commercial flight was from Amsterdam to London on 22 October 1979. Fortunately the aircraft was donated to the Duxford Aviation Society and on 15 April 1980 the aircraft was flown from storage at Heathrow to Duxford in Cambridgeshire. Her final flight saw her complete 16,415 landings, spending 54,623 hours in flight.

Vickers Super VC10 Type 1151

Designed by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd 22 Super VC10 aircraft were built between 1964 and 1970. The Super VC10 was based on the Standard VC10, but featured a 13ft longer fuselage, tail fin fuel tank and uprated Rolls-Royce Conway engines. The first Super VC10 aircraft flew on 7 May 1964 and entered service with British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) on 1 April 1965.

An initial batch of seventeen aircraft - designated Type 1151 - were built by Vickers at Weybridge between 1964 and 1969 and delivered to BOAC. The remaining five Type 1154 Super VC10 aircraft were built between 1966 and 1970 and delivered to East African Airways (EUA).

British Airways (formed by the merger of BOAC and British European Airways (BEA)) retired its Super VC10 fleet between 1980 and 1981. One aircraft - G-ASGC - was retired to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford and the other fourteen aircraft were sold to the Royal Air Force. Along with four EUA Type 1154 aircraft, five BOAC Super VC10s were converted to VC10 K3 and VC10 K4 aircraft respectively. A number of these aircraft remain in service with the RAF as transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

British Overseas Airways Corporation

The British Overseas Airways Corporation - abbreviated to BOAC - was founded in November 1939 following the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. The aircraft were painted in white and blue and carried Imperial's 'Speedbird' logo. Initially BOAC flew flying boats and, post-war, converted military aircraft such as the Avro Lancastrian (a civilian version of the Avro Lancaster heavy bomber). On 1 August 1946 the Civil Aviation Act received Royal Assent in Britain, splitting BOAC's operations into BOAC (flying long haul routes including to North America), British European Airways or BEA (flying domestic and European routes) and British South American Airways or BSAA (flying to South America and the Caribbean); BSAA merged back into BOAC in 1949.

In the 1950s BOAC flew the Bristol Britannia and introduced the first commercial jet airliner - the de Havilland Comet - in May 1952. By the 1960s the airline was flying the British-built Vickers Standard VC10 (and later the Super VC10) and the Boeing 707 from America. In 1962, BOAC and the British steamship company Cunard formed BOAC-Cunard Ltd, operating services to North America, the Caribbean and South America. The operation was short-lived and was dissolved in 1966. In September 1972 the airlines of BOAC and BEA began a merger, eventually forming British Airways on 31 March 1974.

Specification

ManufacturerVickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd
CountryUnited Kingdom
TypeCivilian airliner
Length171 ft 8 in
Wingspan146 ft 2 in
Height39 ft 6 in
Weight (empty)158,954lb
Weight (loaded)335,000lb
Speed581mph
Ceiling43,000ft
Engines4 x Rolls-Royce Conway Mk 550
Power21,800lb
Range7,128 miles
Passengers174
Crew6

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