Vickers Super VC10 Type 1151 G-ASGC
The VC10 was built in two versions – the Standard VC10 and the larger Super VC10. 18 of the Standards and 22 Supers were built for use by airlines, and 14 C.Mk 1s were supplied to the RAF for use by Transport Command as mixed passenger and freight aircraft, making a total of 54 built. The aircraft was very popular with passengers because of the low noise level due to its rear-mounted engines. A number of VC10s are still in service with the RAF. G-ASGC was built at Weybridge as the third of 17 Super VC10s ordered by BOAC in addition to its 12 Standard VC10s. ‘GCs first flight on 1st January 1965 was a short one to the nearby BAC flight test centre at Wisley, It was flown to Shannon for crew training on 8th February , before being officially handed over to BOAC-Cunard on 27th March and delivered to Heathrow on 30th April. Four days later it entered service on the North Atlantic route. The BOAC-Cunard partnership was dissolved in 1966. In 1972 BOAC became part of British Airways, and ‘GC was later repainted in BA colours. BA began to withdraw its Super VC10s from service in 1979, and immediately prior to their retirement some were used on European routes for a time. ‘GC’s last commercial flight was from Amsterdam to London on 22nd October 1979 after which it was stored at Heathrow. ‘GC was donated to DAS, and was flown to Duxford on 15th April 1980. Its landing here was its 16,415th, and it had flown a total of just under 54,623 hours.
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