Designed in the 1950s to operate on long-distance routes, the four-jet Vickers VC10 saw service with BOAC and a number of other airlines from the 1960s to 1981. It enjoyed a further career with the RAF as a strategic transport and later as an aerial refuelling aircraft. The last VC10 K3 tanker was retired by the RAF in 2013. Keith Wilson examines the design, construction and use of the VC10, using as his centrepiece ex-RAF VC10 C1K (XR808) and VC10 K3 (ZA147) tankers at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.
Keith Wilson is the author of the Red Arrows in Camera for Haynes (2012). He has been an air-to-air photographer and aerospace journalist since 1977. He has been a specialist air-to-air photographer for Pilot magazine since 1982 and he has also worked with a number of aircraft manufacturers including Grob Aerospace, Marshall Aerospace, Europa Aircraft, and 3i (Italy), providing illustrations for various public relations material. Keith has undertaken a variety of military assignments over the years including fast jets and his air-to-air photographs have appeared in numerous books, calendars, magazines and other publications around the world. He lives in Cambridgeshire, U.K.