Vickers VC10 of 101 Sqn RAF, Brize Norton, England, Gulf War 1991 1/144 scale
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/144 scale AA37003: Vickers VC10 of 101 Sqn RAF, Brize Norton, England, during the Gulf War in 1991. Limited Edition of 1,054 Pieces.
Length 14.25 inches Wingspan 12.25 inches
The bulk of the RAF’s air-to-air refueling fleet comprised of VC-10 K3 and K4 aircraft flown by No. 101 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton. ZA140/A was the first VC-10 tanker to enter RAF service on July 25, 1983, as a K.Mk.2. Together with the Victor tanker, it was invaluable during the 1991 Gulf War, and the number of refueling sorties it carried out is recorded on the starboard side of the nose. In 2001, the VC-10 K2 made its last flight as a tanker.
Designed to meet a need for a jet aircraft that could comfortably take off from and land on shorter runways, the Vickers VC10 was first flown on June 29, 1962. This long-range British airliner holds a long-standing record for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a sub-sonic airliner (only the supersonic Concorde has beaten its record). Advanced even for its time, the VC10 was designed with a quadruplicated automatic flight control system, which enabled fully automatic landings in zero-visibility conditions. Despite its promise, the VC10 only served as an airliner for 15 years; in the 1970s it was removed from service because of the high noise levels it produced on departure and approach.