The British built Vickers VC10 and Super VC10 are my favourite aircraft hands down. There is something about the engines being placed at the rear along with the elegant styling that appeals to me. British Pathé have a lot of their old newsreel films on YouTube and here is one about the VC10. It features a proving flight between London and New York, then a short flight to Boston for the travel trade. The video is around 4 minutes duration and it is worth a peek.
Vickers VC10 Film
The cabin shots of both First Class and Economy Class are notable – no lie flat seats here! Look out for the rear bulkhead in Economy Class which features prints of 16th century London. The film includes glimpses of the on board service in both classes which is fun for comparison to today. There is a special mention about the aerobridge which you will enjoy. Plus there is a lot of air to air footage and cockpit shots for the aviation geeks among us!
The aircraft looks fantastic in the navy blue and gold BOAC livery of the 1960s which only adds to its appeal for me. Sadly the Vickers VC10 was never a sales success with only 54 examples produced and it retired from airline service in 1981. Despite this, the aircraft continued to serve with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in the role of refueling tanker and transport aircraft. The last example retired in 2013 and by then some of the aircraft had been flying for over 45 years. Quite noteworthy!
There is an entire collection of British Pathé films on YouTube that cover the early part of the 20th century. From time to time I will feature the odd one here for your viewing pleasure, so keep an eye out for them. I hope you enjoyed the film and if you have any comments please leave them below.