posted on Sep, 21 2013 @ 01:41 AM
I'm old enough to remember the VC-10 as a commercial aircraft, before the advent of the 747 it was the flagship of the BOAC fleet, and until the
advent of the Concorde it was the fastest airliner in service.
BOAC advertising always carried the tag line "Try a little VC-10derness", lol. The rear mounted engine design gave it the quietest cabin in its
class and was intended to keep the wing completely clean for various high lift devices which would in turn allow it to use shorter runways around what
were then called the Empire Routes. Although this proved no advantage over the well established 707 commercially, it did make it ideal for the RAF.
The only other aircraft to use the same layout were the near identical Ilyushin Il-62 and the much smaller biz-jet Lockheed Jetstar.
One of my abiding memories of the type was seeing all those retired British Airways VC-10's, still in full livery, awaiting conversion to tankers,
lined up by the side of the A-1 thirty years ago, sad to see I'll never see one fly again.