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.