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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
This section contains 69 unique images taken during the day:
All images remain copyright İRoger Whitcomb 2013 - www.milairpix.com