The last Vickers VC10 makes final flight into Dunsfold Park
PUBLISHED: 13:31 25 September 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31 25 September 2013
The final journey of the last Vickers VC10 saw the monstrous plane roar into its new permanent home at Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh.
The Queen of the Skies, which carries the RAF serial number ZA150, was the very last of 54 built at Brooklands in the 1960s and was one of the last two flying with the RAF from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
“It is hugely important for us to have saved this aircraft as the last heavy airliner ever to be completely built at Brooklands – and indeed in the UK,” says Allan Winn, director of Brooklands Museum.
“But it is also significant as its retirement marks the end of an unbroken century of front-line service by Brooklands-built aircraft with the British armed forces. That is a unique record, unchallenged by any other factory-customer relationship anywhere in the world. We are delighted that Dunsfold Park has made it possible for us to house this symbolic aircraft back in Surrey.”
Over 160 visiting public joined members of the aviation teams from Dunsfold Park and Brooklands Museum to witness the final flight.
Also in attendance were Lord Trefgarne, chairman of Brooklands Museum Trust, trustee Penelope Keith and Angela Newton, daughter of Sir George Edwards, the managing director of BAC while the VC10 was developed and built.
Much to the delight of the watching crowds, the VC10 did an impressive full throttle flypast down the runway ensuring everyone felt the power and enjoyed the noise of its engines one last time.
Banking around the aerodrome she faultlessly landed before being towed to her final resting place.
Longer-term arrangements for public access to the VC10 at Dunsfold Park and Wings & Wheels will be confirmed in due course.