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Home of the Vickers VC10; RAF Brize-Norton, July 22, 2002

The United Kingdom in 2002, part 1; Text and Photograph's by Alex van Noye

The English airbase RAF Brize-Norton is the home base of the Vickers VC10. This aircraft type is now one of the oldest aircraft which is still in operational service at the RAF. The tankers are from the 60s and are now outdated. The first VC10 made its first flight on June 29, 1962, and two years later the unit flew its first flight for BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation, later renamed as British Airways). After BOAC had these aircraft withdrawn from use, the RAF bought several airframes and converted these planes to the refueling aircraft of the type VC10 C1K. The tankers are currently still the main tanker aircraft of the RAF. The aircraft will be replaced from 2010.

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