The skies above Surrey said a final farewell to an iconic part of aviation history today. The world famous VC10 is a British-built aircraft that was the preferred choice for Margaret Thatcher and the Royal Family - and today it took off for the final time from Brize Norton. Simon Harris reports.
The Royal Air Force gave the VC10 a fitting send off today as the aircraft completed the final mission after more than 50 years of military service. The long-serving VC10 is being replaced by Britain's largest ever military aircraft, the Voyager.
One of the last Vickers VC10 aircraft, which are being retired, will make its final journey today as it flies into Dunsfold airfield near Weybridge in Surrey to become part of the Brooklands Museum.
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To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will cover the "life and times" of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with the events of 1926 (the year the Queen was born) and finishing with the current-day military engagement in Afghanistan.
The event is described as the largest display of military theatre anywhere in the world and will include:
- More than 600 participants (including active servicemen) and 150 horses.
- The bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force.
- The horses of the Household Cavalry competing with the motorcycles of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets over an obstacle course which includes jumps and flaming hoops.
- A battle re-enactment featuring the Royal Logistic Corps in a dramatic bomb disposal in Afghanistan.
- The largest massed bagpipe band seen at Earls Court since the Second World War.