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RAF VC-10 XR808

RAF VC-10 XR808 landing and taxiing to stand 11 at Exeter International Airport, 8th October 2010.


The flight brought more troops home and was Exeter 2nd repatriation flight of the week. On Wednesday a Airbus A340-300 operated by Air Tahiti Nui landed bringing over 140 Royal Marines home from Afghanistan.


The Vickers VC10 is a long-range British airliner designed and built by Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, and first flown in 1962. The airliner was designed to operate on long distance routes with a high subsonic speed and also be capable of hot and high operations from African airports. The aircraft is often compared to the somewhat larger Ilyushin Il-62 with which it shares a similar rear-engined quad layout, the two types being the only airliner designs with such a configuration. 13 VC10s remain in service as aerial refuelling and transport aircraft with the RAF as of 1 June 2010.

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Taken on October 8, 2010