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G-AMSV Returns to Coventry

An old friend returned to Coventry yesterday when G-AMSV, in her striking Indian Air force livery, landed here for extensive maintenance by our engineers. Sierra Victor was part of the Air Altantique fleet here for many years. She'll...

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Baginton Air Pageant

The initial details for the Baginton Air Pageant are up on the website! As we don't have the space for a full-on air show attracting 20,000 or so people, we're aiming for low-key, themed days like this. A couple of thousand people,...

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Newquay Pleasure flights

We promised we'd be back to fly in Cornwall, and here we are. We'll be heading south with a Rapide and Chipmunk to spend a week at Newquay from 25th July, with a further visit planned in August. The flights are bookable in the normal...

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New Dakota Book

Geoff Jones just told me that his new book on the DC-3, released to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Dak's appearance, is now available. The cover sports a lovely shot of G-ANAF, shot by Simon Westwood before her radome goiter was...

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Nimrod Engine Run

We've just confirmed plans by NPT to run all four of the Nimrod's Rolls-Royce Speys on Saturday 9th May. We expect the thunder to start just after lunchtime. Come along and enjoy some audio power - and please dip into your pockets...

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Hawker Siddeley VC10 at Newquay

Manufactured as a Vickers Super VC10 Type 1154, construction number 883, Our VC10 entered service in 1967 as an airliner for East African Airlines.  Perpetually beset with financial and political difficulties, the airline suffered one of only two fatal accidents in the VC10's history when one of its fleet of five crashed on takeoff at Addis Ababa, killing 43 of the 107 people on board. 

East African Airlines eventually closed down in 1977 and its remaining VC10s were repossessed by the British Aircraft Corporation.

The RAF acquired the aircraft from BAC and it was then that she acquired her serial number of ZA148.  

By the close of the seventies the RAF had begun looking for a replacement for its fleet of Handley Page Victor in-flight refuelling tankers. The outstanding record of the VC10s already in RAF service, allied to their speed, range and carrying capacity made them an ideal and convenient prospect.  Conversion would be a major task, with considerable modification required to the rear fuselage to gain access for fitting the fuel tanks.  The Type 1154, however, featured a large cargo door which could be used for this purpose, so ZA148 was grounded for modification.

In fuel tanker configuration, ZA148 can carry 90 tons of fuel, dispensed through three drogues, one under each wing and a further one under the tail.

She was retired from service on 28th August 2013, leaving only two VC10s still operational.  Both of those are also due for retirement.