In January 2016 the Museum was pleased to announce that we have secured a long term loan of the cockpit from a Vickers VC10 XV106 which was an RAF C1K Tanker and Transport Aircraft, with thanks from Gary Spoors of GJD Services. The cockpit is now located close to our Vulcan XM603. The VC10 has been prepared for exhibition by members and was opened for public tours in August 2017.
When in the mid 1980s British Aerospace announced the closure of the Weybridge site in London the Woodford Design Team were seen as the natural organisation to take over the Design Authority of the VC10. This was because of the proven pedigree in integrating Air to Air refuelling systems on the Victor and Vulcan tanker aircraft.
Woodford became the Design Authority for the VC10 and other Vickers products in 1986. This allowed allowed Woodford and Chadderton to build a business around the RAF VC10 to provide support to the Fleet of Air to Air Refuelling Tankers for 27 years through to 2013.
Due to organisational change as a result of the attempted merger of AVRO with AVIC (Taiwan) the Military Design team left Woodford in 1994 and was set up at Chadderton.
This allowed the Design staff to work closely with the Supply and CWP Maintenance teams and enabled a programme of process improvement that culminated in the award winning integrated support Project called JAVELIN.
Here is a visual tribute to the XV106 both in service and as she was at Bruntingthorpe before her move to Woodford on September 8th 2016.
Many thanks to one of our members, Ian Peat for his major contribution to this article.