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The Last Vickers VC-10 Flight Ever as ZA147 Retires to

Bruntingthorpe Airfield on the 25th September 2013

 

Knowing that Vickers VC-10 ZA147 was about to retire to Bruntingthorpe Airfield in Leicestershire and that

it would be the last ever flight of the type and an event not to be missed I spent the day on the airfield.

I arrived at about 9AM. The provisional landing time for the aircraft was 11.30AM but this was

looking highly unlikely as it was very misty both here and at the VC-10's home base at RAF Brize Norton.

This gave me the opportunity to have a look around the airfield at some of the aircraft that were on display

and talk to some of the people that work on them. Of particular note was the gorgeous looking

Ex-German Air Force Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, 22+35, to see that as a runner at

Bruntingthorpe would be fantastic.

 

At around 3.30PM and with the weather conditions on the limits Vickers VC-10 ZA147 appeared through the murk

and the haze. The aircraft did a couple of missed approaches, looking absolutely immaculate,

like all the other VC-10's I've seen.

At around 3.45PM the aircraft finally landed and that was it, the last ever flight by a Vickers VC-10.

After watching the aircraft taxy round to its final parking position I was there to photograph ZA147's aircrew

who were...
Trev Collett – Air Load Master
Sqn Ldr Cat Thompson - Navigator
Gp Capt Steve Lushington – O/C Brize Norton
John Douglas
Flight Lt. Julian Rolfe
Paul Smith

This section contains 69 unique images taken during the day:

RAF Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 'BOB'
Blackburn S.2B Buccaneer XX900 & Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
Buccaneer S.2B XX900 & VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-346 VP-BGX
RAF Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 'BOB'
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA149/H & Vickers VC-10 K.4 ZD241/N
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F & Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 'BOB'
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 & RR Conway
Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 'BOB' in front of RR Conway Engine
RAF Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F's Crew
The Crew of Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
The Crew of Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
The Crew of Vickers VC-10 K.3 ZA147/F
RAF Vickers VC-10 C.1K XR808 'BOB'
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SOME OTHER STUFF
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Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN 'Naval Encounter'
Beech C-45H Expeditor 1164 G-BKGL
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN 'Naval Encounter'
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN
Beech C-45H Expeditor 1164 G-BKGL
Beech C-45H Expeditor 1164 G-BKGL
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN
Beech C-45H Expeditor 1164 G-BKGL
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN 'Naval Encounter'
Beech 18S Expeditor 43-35943/943 G-BKRN
Ex-GAF Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 22+35
Ex-GAF Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 22+35
Ex-GAF Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 22+35
Hawker Hunter GA.11 WT806
Blackburn S.2B Buccaneer XX900

 

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