Aircraft of the Month: Vickers VC 10

The Vickers VC10 is a long-range aircraft, designed and built in 1962 by Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd. The aircraft was designed to operate on long distance routes with high speed as well as being capable of operation in warm/hot climates, mainly Africa.

As of 2010, only thirteen VC10’s remain in service as aerial refuelling and transport aircraft within the Royal Air Force, with the expectation that the aircraft will be retired by 2015. For refuelling, the VC10 operates a two-station or three-station air refueling pod which is capable of refueling fast-jet or heavy aircraft and dispenses 68-78 tonnes of fuel. Another role for the VC10 is as an aero-medical evacuation aircraft which can fit 68 stretchers. 

The VC10 was a new design that borrowed ideas and techniques from other aircraft. It has a large wing, which makes for good take-off and climb performance and the rear engines gave an ‘efficient clean wing’ and reduced cabin noise.


Manufacturer: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd.
Country: Great Britan
First Flight: 1962
Crew: 4 + 3 flight attendants
Maximum Cruising Speed: 933 km/h
Engine: 4× Rolls-Royce Conway Mk. 301 Turbofan, 22,500 lbf each
Height: 12.04 m
Length: 48.36 m
Wingspan: 44.55 m
Wing area: 264.9 m²
Passenger Capacity: 151 passengers
Weight (Empty): 63,278 kg
Maximum Take-off Weight: 151,900 kg


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