The Vickers VC10 was a much-loved airliner of the 1960s, iconic for its high T-tail and four rear-mounted engines.
It flew for airlines like BOAC, British Airways, Air Malawi and, later in its life with the Royal Air Force as both a troop transport type and aerial refuelling tanker.
The last VC10 flew on 25 September 2013 when the final example was retired, with all remaining examples scattered to museums or the scrapman.
However, it now seems one group is trying to reactivate one example and fly it again, according to this article.
ZA150 was retired to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England, where it has been kept in a taxiable condition with all systems active, on 24 September 2013.
Now GJD Services Ltd have acquired the aircraft and two VC10 simulators and plan to get the aircraft airborne again on behalf of Keplar Aerospace, who, believe it or not, want to use the aircraft as an aerial refuelling tanker again.
Whether this happens, we’ll have to wait and see. There’s no reason to suggest the aircraft can not fly again since it has been kept essentially active. However, the lack of spares or other active VC10s means it will be difficult to support the aircraft and its maintenance needs.
But I, for one, would love to be there to witness this noisy, iconic jet take to the skies again!