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Capable of performing both an air transport and air-to-air refuelling role, the VC-10 is now reaching the end of its service life and will take part in a unique flypast of the RAF's present and future giant airlift fleet at this summer's Air Tattoo.

Based at RAF Brize Norton, the venerable VC-10 will fly with the C-130 Hercules, TriStar, C-17A, A330 and A400M in dramatic display of the RAF's tactical transport capability.

First flown on June 29, 1962, the VC-10 celebrates a glorious 50 years and has been in service with the RAF since 1966. The aircraft is in the process of being replaced by the RAF's new tanker - officially named at the Air Tattoo in 2011 - the A330 'Voyager'. This will be the last year of VC-10 operations.

A second VC-10 will be displayed in the static park.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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