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6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by twinstar » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:25 am

[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had.

One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.]

The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way flight.

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:50 pm

twinstar wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:25 am
[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had.

One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.]

The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way flight.
They were, till it all peeled of by 1985.

As stated though, the TriStars despite being outside, have not just been left and have had a significant amount of anti-det work and running.

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by GVLCN » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:50 am

Hope they do come to Cardiff or St Athan, would love to see them fly again! Be great if they were converted to water bombers over here but I’m pretty sure that work will be done stateside.

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by andrewn » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:27 pm

ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:50 pm
twinstar wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:25 am
[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had.

One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.]

The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way flight.
They were, till it all peeled of by 1985.

As stated though, the TriStars despite being outside, have not just been left and have had a significant amount of anti-det work and running.
Those '10s at Abingdon were in a shocking state, no coincidence the K4s were the first ones to be retired, despite being rebuilt relatively recently.

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by Vulcanone » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:36 pm

GVLCN

They were bought for the sole purpose of being used as tankers, of the 6 that are not tankers I suspect spares use only.

There are far new airframes available for conversion to firebombers.

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Re: 6 Ex RAF Tristars sold to US company

Post by ColintheCaterpillar » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:22 pm

andrewn wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:27 pm
ColintheCaterpillar wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:50 pm
twinstar wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:25 am
[Several later RAF VC10s sat at Abingdon for twice as long, without the care and maintenance these have had.

One way ferry shouldn’t be an issue.]

The VC10s had engines removed and we're cacooned in protective spray, each one then required a substantial amount of work in a hangar for the one way flight.
They were, till it all peeled of by 1985.

As stated though, the TriStars despite being outside, have not just been left and have had a significant amount of anti-det work and running.
Those '10s at Abingdon were in a shocking state, no coincidence the K4s were the first ones to be retired, despite being rebuilt relatively recently.
Relatively high hours one suspects. That said, the Bruntingthorpe K4 was one of the last to retire.

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