BOAC and British Airways VC10s

Stephen Skinner profiled the VC10 in service with BOAC and British Airways in the January 2016 issue of Aviation News.

In October 1952 the RAF tasked Vickers with the development of a large jet military transport based on its experience with the Valiant bomber.  Construction of a prototype V1000 registered XD662 began at Wisley, Surrey, and a civil version with transatlantic range and capacity for 100 passengers called the VC7 was projected for the state-owned BOAC. 

However, its development ceased in November 1955 when BOAC stated the type was not required as it would be using Britannias and Comet 4s on Atlantic routes in future.  Shortly after that the RAF cancelled its order for six V1000s and the prototype, which was 80% complete, was scrapped at Wisley.  But only six weeks before the cancellation of the V1000, Pan American, then a major trendsetting airline, had ordered 20 Boeing 707s and 25 Douglas DC-8s. 

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