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VC10 takes final flight
AFTER 47 years of RAF service, the VC10 has taken to the skies for its final air-to-air refuelling operational sortie.
Many of us will remember when it was the latest thing in air trooping, a great advance on the lovable old Britannia aircraft. The VC10 aircraft accomplished its final mission and retired from service at the end of last month.
Group Captain Steve Lushington, station commander at RAF Brize Norton, home to 101 Squadron and the last 2 VC10s, said: “You only have to look through the chapters of aviation history to find the VC10 has played a part somewhere along the line, be that the return of people held hostage around the world or flying the royal family, the Queen, heads of state and prime ministers to all sorts of wonderful locations as part of state visits.”
To mark the significant role the aircraft has played in providing a service for the fast jet customer, a VC10 flew over various RAF stations, including RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Coningsby, RAF Marham and RAF Leuchars, as well as sites in Warton, Birmingham and Prestwick.
On his return from the sortie, the captain of VC10 ZA147, Squadron Leader Jess Gannon, said: “It’s probably going to take a little time to sink in, and we’re all a little subdued – it’s a bit of a sad day. It’s been a big part of all of our lives for quite a long time and it’s such an iconic aeroplane.”
Following the retirement of the VC10 later this week, 101 Squadron move forward and continue their legacy flying the RAF’s newest aircraft, Voyager.