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    BRITAIN'S VC-10, THE FIRST BIG JET AIRLINER WITH FOUR REAR MOUNTED ENGINES, WAS TAKEN FROM ITS HANGAR AT WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, U.

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    BRITAIN'S VC-10, THE FIRST BIG JET AIRLINER WITH FOUR REAR MOUNTED ENGINES, WAS TAKEN FROM ITS HANGAR AT WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, U.K., ON APRIL 15, FOR THE FIRST TIME. AFTER A BRIEF APPEARANCE, IT WAS ROLLED BACK INTO THE HANGARS FOR THE FINAL SIX-WEEKS' SERIES OF INTENSIVE PRE-FLIGHT CHECKS AND TESTS.

    AMONG THE CROWD OF EMPLOYEES AND JOURNALISTS WHO SAW THE HUGE PLANE ROLLED OUT WERE THE TWO TEST PILOTS, MR. JOCK BRYCE AND MR. BRIAN TRUBSHAW, WHO WILL TAKE THE VC-10 ON ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT TOWARDS THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

    WITH ITS FOUR ADVANCED-MODEL ROLLS-ROYCE CONWAY ENGINES MOUNTED HORIZONTALLY BENEATH THE HIGH-MOUNTED TAILPLANE, THE VC-10 IS THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL AIRLINER, ALTHOUGH NOISE PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE INCREASED DUE TO BETTER TAKE-OFF AND CLIMB PERFORMANCE OF THE CLEAN-WINGED GIANT. BECAUSE THE ENGINES ARE REAR MOUNTED, PASSENGERS WILL HAVE A QUIETER AND MORE COMFORTABLE FLIGHT AS THE AIRCRAFT CRUISES AT UP TO 600 M.P.H. ITS MAXIMUM RANGE WITH 100 PASSENGERS AND RESERVES IS OVER 5,000 MILES, OR 4,400 MILES WITH FULL PAY-LOAD.

    CLAIMED TO BE THE MOST ADVANCED OF ANY TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, THE STRUCTURE AND SISTERS OF THE VC-10 FEATURE A STRENGTHENED AIRFRAME, OF WHICH MORE THAN HALF IS MACHINED FROM SOLID STEEL AND ALLOYS, AND FULLY DUPLICATED SYSTEMS FOR INCREASED SAFETY AND RELIABILITY. THE VC-10 HAS BEEN DESIGNED FROM THE OUTSET FOR AUTOMATIC LANDING, WHEN THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

    OTHER CUSTOMERS FOR THIS REVOLUTIONARY AIRCRAFT: FIVE FOR R.A.F. TRANSPORT COMMAND, FOUR FOR BRITISH UNITED AIRWAYS, AND THREE FOR GHANAIAN AIRWAYS. THE FIRST OF 42 ORDERED WILL BE DELIVERED TO B.O.A.C. AT THE END OF 1963.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB3T41WVYFNADI9J0MONNO1A5P
    Media URN:
    VLVAB3T41WVYFNADI9J0MONNO1A5P
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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