VC10 'Classroom' Will Bring Learning To Life
Published: 02 Oct 2015
Representatives from the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT), which has helped fund an initiative to transport one of the last RAF VC10s to RAF Cosford, said they were delighted with the progress being made to turn it into a 'living classroom'.
RAFCT Chairman Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson joined former RAF VC10 Sqn Cdr, Air Cdre Jon Ager and RAFCT Director Amanda Butcher at the RAF Museum to meet the team who are rebuilding the aircraft after it was disassembled and transported by road from Bruntingthorpe in the summer.
A team from GJD Aerospace of Bruntingthorpe have undertaken painstaking work to reunite the fuselage with the inner wings, fin and undercarriage. Once the tail plane and outer wings have been fitted, the VC10, affectionately known as 'BoB', will begin its conversion into a classroom.
Sir Kevin said: "The VC10 was a versatile air transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the RAF as well as a long range civilian airliner. It has an important place in the technological history of the aerospace industry. As such, it provides the perfect setting in which to educate young people about aerospace and aviation subjects.
"Our aim is to inspire and encourage young people to think about aviation and the technology that underpins it - to demonstrate some of the exciting practical applications for the maths and science they are being taught in school.
"We were very keen to join with the RAF Museum Cosford in supporting this project and look forward to its completion towards the end of the year."
At the RAF Museum, the RAFCT and RAF Museum team met Dr George Clarke of C4's Amazing Spaces, who had come to see the work being carried out. He agreed that the VC10 represented an 'Amazing Space' for educating young people in technology and wished the museum well.
During their visit, Air Marshal Leeson explained the importance of the VC10 in UK aerospace history and Air Cdre Ager briefed on the operation and achievements of the VC10 in RAF service.
Caption: Dr George Clarke (C4 Amazing Spaces) and Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson (Chairman RAFCT)