VC10 Celebrates 40 Years in RAF Service
10 Aug 2006
‘Forty years of RAF service’ is emblazoned across the fin of XV104, a Vickers VC10 CMk1K, of 101 Squadron RAF Brize Norton. The special fin was the idea of 101 Squadron, who co-ordinated the work with the DLO’s Air Refuelling and Communications Integrated Project Team (ARC IPT), 2 Group at Headquarters Strike Command, and BAE Systems, who sponsored the work.
The result is an aeroplane with a dramatic and striking appearance, and which echoes the colour scheme of British Airways from whom some of the RAF’s VC10s were bought.
The Vickers VC10 entered service in 1966 and has seen active service in almost every major conflict since that date. A highly versatile and durable platform, it operates in air refuelling, passenger transport, freight and aero-medical roles and is a key asset in the RAF logistic capability.
- UK Ministry of Defence