• Short Summary

    THE VICKERS VC-10, THE FIRST BIG JET AIRLINER WITH FOUR REAR-MOUNTED ENGINES, WAS FILMED IN PRODUCTION FEB 4 AT THE WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, FACTORY OF THE BRITAIN AIRCRAFT CORPORATION.

  • Description

    THE VICKERS VC-10, THE FIRST BIG JET AIRLINER WITH FOUR REAR-MOUNTED ENGINES, WAS FILMED IN PRODUCTION FEB 4 AT THE WEYBRIDGE, SURREY, FACTORY OF THE BRITAIN AIRCRAFT CORPORATION. THE 150-PASSENGER AIRLINER IS EXPECTED TO MAKE ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT IN MAY, AND THE FIRST OF 42 ORDERED WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE BRITISH OVERSEAS AIRWAYS CORPORATION AT THE END OF 1963.

    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 PAYLOAD. IN PRACTICE IT WILL BE SOME 15-20 M.P.H. FASTER THAN COMPETITIVE JET AIRLINES.

    CLAIMED TO BE THE MOST ADVANCED OF ANY TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, THE STRUCTURE AND SYSTEMS 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 RAF TRANSPORT COMMAND, FOUR FOR BRITISH UNITED AIRWAYS, AND THREE FOR GHANAIAN AIRWAYS.

    DIMENSIONS:
    LENGTH; 158-FEET.

    WING SPAN: 140-FEET.

    HEIGHT: 41-FEET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB7SH0DVCJRXP8S6X6K25R9UR6
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7SH0DVCJRXP8S6X6K25R9UR6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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