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Vickers VC-10: books - history, models and technology

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Vickers VC10 & Super VC 10 (Flight Craft)

Designed and manufactured by the men who would make Concorde, the Rolls-Royce powered Vickers VC10, and its larger variant, the Super VC10, represented the ultimate in 1960s subsonic airliners. The VC10 was Britain's answer to the Boeing 707 and the Douglas DC-8.

The VC10 was a second-generation jetliner designed in the 1960s and manufactured into the 1970s. It incorporated advanced engineering, new aerodynamics, and design features, to produce a swept, sculpted machine easily identifiable by its high T-tail design and rear-engine configuration.

The VC10 could take off in a very short distance, climb more steeply and land at slower speed than its rivals the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. These were vital safety benefits in the early years of the jet age. At one stage, the Super VC10 was the biggest airliner made in Europe and the fastest in the world.

On entry into service, both the VC10 and the longer Super VC10 carved out a niche with passengers who enjoyed the speed, silence and elegance of the airliner. Pilots, meanwhile, loved its ease of flying and extra power.
Yet the VC10 project was embroiled in political and corporate machinations across many years and more than one government. BOAC got what they asked for but went on to criticise the VC10 for not being a 707 - which was a different beast entirely.

In service until the 1980s with British Airways, and until 2013 with the RAF, the VC10 became a British icon and a national hero, one only eclipsed by Concorde. It remains an enthusiast's hero.

Author:Lance Cole
Specs:64 pages, 28.5 x 20.5 x 0.8 cm / 11.2 x 8.1 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2020)
Series:Flight Craft (20)
EAN:9781526760067
Book: Vickers VC10 & Super VC 10 (Flight Craft)

Vickers VC10 & Super VC 10

Language: English

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Vickers VC10: Icon of the Skies - BOAC, Boeing and a Jet Age Battle

The Vickers VC10 was Britain's biggest jet airliner of its age and regarded as the world's best looking airliner. It was safe, fast, and designed to take off from short runways in Africa and Asia, at the request of its main operator BOAC - the airline that would later go on to become today's British Airways.

The VC10 and the larger Super VC10 were beloved by pilots and passengers alike and became icons of the 1960s. They were hugely popular all over the world; East African Airlines made its name with Super VC10s, and so too did Freddie Laker with his famed VC10 fleet.
Yet the VC10 was eclipsed by Boeing's 707 which sold by the hundreds, despite the fact that the 707 was less capable and could not initially operate from the runways of the Commonwealth and old British Empire routes, as the VC10 undoubtedly could.

The men of the Vickers Company who created the VC10 would later go on to engineer Concorde and, of course, the rest is history. But the era of the VC10 was pivotal and, by exploring this historical period in depth and highlighting all the various impediments that stood in the way of success for the VC10, Lance Cole adds an important layer to our understanding of twentieth century history.

Author:Lance Cole
Specs:224 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:50 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781473875326
Book: Vickers VC10: Icon of the Skies - BOAC, Boeing and a Jet Age Battle

Vickers VC10: Icon of the Skies - BOAC, Boeing and a Jet Age Battle

Language: English

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Vickers / BAC VC10 Manual (1962-2013) - Insights into the design, construction, operation and maintenance (Haynes Aircraft Manual)

Designed in the 1950s to operate on long-distance routes, the four-jet Vickers VC10 saw service with BOAC and a number of other airlines from the 1960s to 1981.
It enjoyed a further career with the RAF as a strategic transport and later as an aerial refuelling aircraft. The last VC10 K3 tanker was retired by the RAF in 2013.

Pages of the book Vickers / BAC VC10 Manual (1962-2013) (1)

Keith Wilson examines the design, construction and use of the VC10, using as his centrepiece ex-RAF VC10 C1K (XR808) and VC10 K3 (ZA147) tankers at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

Pages of the book Vickers / BAC VC10 Manual (1962-2013) (2)

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Author:Keith Wilson
Specs:160 pages, 27.5 x 22 x 1.6 cm / 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.63 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Haynes Publishing (GB, 2016)
Series:Haynes Aircraft Manual
EAN:9780857337993
Book: Vickers / BAC VC10 Manual (1962-2013) - Insights into the design, construction, operation and maintenance (Haynes Aircraft Manual)

Vickers / BAC VC10 Manual (1962-2013) - Insights into the design, construction, operation and maintenance

Language: English

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