Vickers VC-10 K4 tanker in the livery of ZD241 N of 101 Sqn based at RAF Brize Norton. Although now retired from service ZD241 is still in full running order and performs fast taxi runs down the runway at Bruntingtorpe, Leics. This is a highly accurate, superb quality 1/400 scale diecast miniature limited edition model by Gemini. It features realistic landing gear with rolling rubber tyres, moving tailplane and authentic markings. These are perfect if you don’t have room to display the larger Corgi models. Excellent value, absolutely gorgeous and highly collectible.
The Vickers VC10 is a long-range British airliner designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, and first flown in 1962. The airliner was designed to operate on long-distance routes with a high subsonic speed and also be capable of hot and high operations from African airports. The initial concept of the VC10 was to provide a jet-powered airliner that could comfortably make use of the shorter runways commonly in use at the time. The performance of the VC10 was such that it achieved the fastest crossing of the Atlantic – London to New York by a jet airliner, a record still held to date for a sub-sonic airliner; only the supersonic Concorde remains faster.
The VC-10 is often compared to the larger Soviet Ilyushin Il-62, both aircraft having a rear-engined quad layout, the two types being the only airliners with such a configuration.