A Vickers VC10 C1K tanker aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) doing a fly-by at Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium in 2007. (Image © Marcel Burger)

Last Vickers VC10 C1K retired from RAF service

A Vickers VC10 C1K tanker aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) doing a fly-by at Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium in 2007. (Image © Marcel Burger)
A Vickers VC10 C1K tanker aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) doing a fly-by at Kleine Brogel AB, Belgium in 2007. (Image © Marcel Burger)

The last of the Vickers VC10 C1K, with registration XR808, retired from the UK’s Royal Air Force on July 29th, 2013. It made its last flight in 101 Squadron service from RAF Brize Norton to Bruntingthorpe.

The VC10s have recently been mainly used to provide inflight refueling, but during the first Gulf War in Southwest Asia in the 1990s RAF VC10s transported sometimes fifty thousand pound bombs for Tornado fighter jets in the area.

Thirteen VC10 C1s were converted for a dual tanker/transport role between 1993 and 1996. The flying fuel station for other aircraft dispensed the liquid of its own tanks through underwing refueling pods and these tanKers were designated C1K.

10 Squadron flew the VC10 C1Ks until October 2005, when 101 Squadron continued with them in addition to the 101’s K3 and K4s.

Aircraft XR808 has served the RAF for 47 years, during which it made 43,865 flying hours.

101 Squadron will retire its three remaining VC10s (K3s) in October, when the new Airbus Voyager (A300MRTT) will take over its role.

Source: Royal Air Force

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