Vickers VC10

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • TypeMedium to long range airliner
  • PowerplantsFour 21,000 lb (94.1 kN) thrust Rolls-Royce Conway 540 turbofans (Standard), 22,500 lb (100.1 kN) thrust Rco.43 Mk.550 turbofans (Super)
  • PerformanceMax cruise 502kts (930 km/h) at 25,000ft, Operational ceiling 43,000ft (13,106 m), Take off field length 8,280ft (2,524 m), Landing field length 6,380ft (1,945 m), Max payload range (no reserves) 4,380nm (8,112 km)(Super: 4,100nm (7,600 km)), max fuel range (no reserves) 5,275nm (9,765 km) (Super: 6,195nm (11,473 km))
  • WeightsBasic operating empty 146,980lb (66,670 kg) (Super: 156,828lb (71,137 kg)), Max takeoff 312,000lb (141,523 kg) (Super: 335,000lb (151,956 kg)), Max zero fuel 187,400lb (85,004 kg) (Super: 215,000lb (97,524 kg)), Max landing 216,000lb (97,978 kg) (Super: 237,000lb (107,503 kg)), Max payload 40,420lb (18,335 kg) (Super: 58,172lb (26,369 kg))
  • DimentionsWing span 146ft 2in (44.55 m), Length 158ft 8in (48.36 m) (Super: 171ft 8in (52.32 m)), Height 39ft 6in (12.04 m), Wing area Type 1101: 2,851sq ft (264.8m2), type 1102/3 and Super 2,932sq ft (272.4 m2), Tailplane span 43ft 10in (13.36 m), Tailplane area 638sq ft (59.3 m2), Wheelbase 65ft 11in (20.09 m) (Super: 72ft 1.5in (21.98 m)), Wheel track 21ft 5in (6.53 m).
  • CapacityStandard: Typically 109 passengers in two classes, maximum 151 passengers six abreast. Super: Typically 139 passengers in two classes, maximum 174 passengers six abreast.
  • ProductionStandard: Type 1100 - 1, Type 1101 - 12, Type 1102 - 2, Type 1103 - 3, Type 1106 - 14, Type 1109 -1, a conversion from 1100. Total 32. Super: Type 1151 - 17, Type 1154 - 5. Total 22.

The Vc10 was focused around a BOAC detail for a substantial aerial shuttle that would have the capacity to work monetarily on their 'hot and high' courses in Africa. The Vc10/sort 1100 setup as settled might have been: settlement for around 135 travelers in a BOAC two class design (or up to 151 all economy class); a six side by side lodge with its cross segment focused around that of the V.1000 and (adventitiously) the same inner width as the DC-8; 20,000lb (89.6kn) or more push Conways mounted in sets on either side of the back fuselage; a T-tail (both of these a first for an expansive plane transport) and so as to meet the stringent runway necessities, an exceptionally effective wing with heading edge supports, detachable ailerons, upper wing spoilers and gigantic Fowler folds. A peculiarity was the utilization of part control surfaces, every determined by independent force units oversaw by two autopilots, each one checking the other. The result was an abnormal state of frameworks unwavering quality which later permitted the Vc10 to turn into one of the first carriers confirmed for totally 'distant' programmed landings in nil perceivability.

The beginning model (which later got to be known as the 'Standard') was requested in a few forms by BOAC as well as by Ghana Airways, Nigeria Airways, British United Airlines and the RAF (despite the fact that the RAF "Norms" had the wing, blade fuel tank and higher fueled motors of the Super to counterbalance the additional weight of their reinforced freight floor and entryway). Studies into a higher limit form of the Vc10 were impelled ahead of schedule in the improvement program. The consequence of this, the more drawn out and more conservative Super Vc10 was in the long run just requested by BOAC and East African Airways.

BOAC's requests for the Vc10 were changed commonly, settling on 12 Standards and 17 Supers, significantly short of what the first 35 requests in addition to 20 choices. Amongst the scratch-offs were 8 Supers which would have been assembled as a blended traveler/vessel variant with the expansive freight entryway as had been produced for the Standard. This rendition inevitably did fly as East African Airways purchased 5 Type 1154s however the maximum capacity of this "combi" form was never completely misused.

The aggregate creation run in the long run totalled out at 32 flying machine for the Standard and 22 for the Super, not an amazing number contrasted with the month to month numbers at Seattle or Toulouse. In now is the right time the Vc10 was the biggest air ship that had ever been created in the United Kingdom, and despite the fact that an extremely complex configuration it totally missed out to the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. The Vc10 turned into the casualty of a few issues, the two primary ones being the timing of its presentation and the Standard's bargain in the middle of execution and working expenses. When the Super's enhanced money matters showed up it was at that point past the point of no return for the Vc10 to claim any huge piece of the aerial shuttle market.

After its respectful profession, an extensive number of Vc10s was purchased by the RAF and changed over to aerial refueling air ship. The RAF armada inevitably totalling 26 air ship. Despite the fact that some of these have at this point been resigned, the Vc10s will fly on into the 21st century.

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