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Gulf War VC10s in Operations Granby and Desert Storm

Stephen Skinner details British VC10 involvement, as both a tanker and transport platform, in Operations Granby and Desert Storm

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Why flying a Hawker Hurricane is a "spine-tingling" experience

As a Hawker Hurricane superfan, Darren Harbar never thought he’d achieve his ultimate ambition of flying in the famous fighter, let alone in formation with another. That lifetime ambition has now been achieved thanks to a new proposition from Hurricane Heritage

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Heathrow told to reduce passenger charges by CAA

The war of words between the UK’s air regulator and the operator of Heathrow has intensified today as it told the airport it would recommend a cut to its passenger charges.

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"A pilot's aeroplane": BEA captain on flying the VC10

Captain R E Gillman, a senior BEA captain and senior flight training captain on its Vanguard fleet provides his assessment of flying the Vickers VC10 during its airworthiness handling trials in an article originally published in 1964

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Operation Pedestal: the incredible mission to resupply Malta

With 2022 marking the 80th anniversary of Operation Pedestal, Joseph Galea Debono details the incredible operation to resupply the Mediterranean island of Malta

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The inside story of BOAC’s VC10 proving flights

The March 26, 1964, issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ provided an insight into the proving flights undertaken by the VC10

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Anatolian Phoenix: Turkey's helicopter multinational exercise

Combat Aircraft Journal visits Konya Air Base in Turkey to report on the rotary-wing focused multinational exercise Anatolian Phoenix

The VC10 could refuel a wide variety of UK and NATO aircraft. This included the Sea Harrier FRS.1, which could be fitted with a detachable in-flight refuelling probe Crown Copyright/Sgt Rick Brewell ABIPP Feature Premium

10 Sqn VC10s – commanding officer insights

The RAF’s air transport fleet of VC10 C.1s became dual-purpose tankers in the 1990s, adding aerial refuelling to the roles of 10 Sqn. Dr Kevin Wright talks with Gp Capt Tony Gunby (ret’d) about his tour as the squadron’s commanding officer

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The turbulent development of the Handley Page Victor

Going supersonic during a test flight and a number of deadly crashes were just some of the events that made development of the Handley Page Victor turbulent. Glenn Sands pays tribute to the men who designed and tested the crescent-winged wonder

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The complete story of the Vickers VC10

Gerry Sweet takes a nostalgic look at the Vickers VC10, the last long-haul airliner built solely by the British aircraft industry, as the type celebrates the 60th anniversary of its maiden flight.