Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

After 50 years, RAF plane flies into sunset

The Royal Air Force gave its VC10 transport plane a fitting send-off yesterday as the aircraft completed a final mission after 50 years.

The VC10 is being replaced by Britain's largest ever military aircraft, the Voyager, having served with distinction since 1963.

The two remaining operational VC10s, which were used wherever UK forces were in action and also to carry members of the Royal Family and politicians, were taken on a special four-hour flight around Britain as a final salute. The last operational flights departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

Flight Lieutenant Adam Mercieca, who has been a VC10 pilot throughout his career, captained one of yesterday's flights.

"It's been a great honour," he said. "It harks back to a golden age of jets, travel and transport."

Over the last half century the VC10 has been involved in many major international crises, from carrying troops, refuelling fighter planes and carrying dignitaries."

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