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Re: Spare time?
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2012, 10:07:59 AM »
Most airframes then and now are largely made with shaped ali  sheet riveted to other bits of shaped ali. 50% of the VC 10s airframe was machined from solid billet. Also it was mostly "Fly-by-wire" as used on Concorde then 30 years later on the Boeing 777, the world's (ahem!) "first" fly-by-wire plane! The RR Conways were superb engines in their time, effectively Olympus engines but without after-burner, but sadly they are now too noisy, polluting and thirsty for service. The VC 10's sophisticated aerodynamics were designed around the Conways, and the test flew one with a more modern RB 211 one one side instead of Conways. It looks extremely odd, FAR bigger! The RAF reckon the airframes are good for another 20 years.

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Re: Spare time?
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2012, 10:47:49 AM »
Yes I can hear the Vickys taking off at Brize but they are not as loud as the Russian Antonovs that come in. I expect because they are not British they can make as much mess and noise as they need too. I think otherwise the Chinooks are the most disturbing with there supersonic whop whoping all hours, plus they have to keep off the flight lanes pushing them over us. They do dangling practice as well. They lost a Land Rover a few months ago. Fortunately into a farmers field but he was not amused and refused to give it back to them till a agreement was made. Just like kids in a playground and the grumpy neighbour..... However we half the RAF just down the road and it is busy busy and effecting folk living in the wrong places. Mind you they get free SAS hiding on there land. Great theft deterrent.
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Re: Spare time?
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2012, 05:50:25 PM »
I went past Brize a few weeks ago for a funeral, I could just see some VCs on the apron but none flying on way or way back. Early next year they will finally retire.
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