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VC10 Rebuild Now Completed

Published: 03 Nov 2015

After an eight month dismantling process, a 70-mile journey along the M6/M54 motorway and a four-month rebuild, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has announced that its latest acquisition, VC10 serial number XR808, is now complete and on public display. 

The RAF Charitable Trust helped fund the transport costs involved in moving one of the last RAF VC10s to RAF Cosford, and since then the media, aviation fans and visitors to the museum have followed the journey from its reassembly to its new display position beside a Lockheed Hercules C-130K Mk3.

RAF Charitable Trust Chairman Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson said "One of the aims of the RAF Charitable Trust is to inspire and encourage young people to think about aviation and the technology that underpins it and to become involved themselves in this exciting career. Where better to do this than within the fuselage of this aircraft which will serve as a "living classroom?"

He added: "The VC10 played such an important part in the technological history of the aerospace industry and was a key part of the Royal Air Force for nearly 50 years. In its history, the VC10 has transported UK VVIPs and the UK Armed Forces globally; it had a key weapons resupply role in the Cold War to the RAF in Germany; and as an air to air refuelling tanker it was a pivotal force multiplier for over 20 years. 

"The Trust intends the teaching facility that it will provide to be motivational to as many young people as possible and we are pleased to be supporting such an inspirational project. My thanks go to the MoD Defence Equipment and Support organisation AT/AAR Project Team, GJD Aero Tech and the RAF Museum technical team for delivering this amazing engineering and logistic project."

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