Historic aircraft will make its very last journey ... by road

An historic aircraft at Bruntingthorpe Airfield in the Harborough district is being dismantled, ready to be taken by road to a new home at the RAF Museum in Cosford, Shropshire.

The aircraft is one of the last Vickers’ VC10 C1K models, and spent 47 years in RAF service, amassing more than 43,000 flying hours.

Air Marshall Sir Kevin Leeson, chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, visited RAF Bruntingthorpe recently to see the dismantling work for himself.

The aircraft is due to make a 60-mile journey to Cosford by road, before being reassembled.

Sir Kevin said: “The VC10 was a superb airliner and played a significant role in national affairs as a VIP transport aircraft, carrying Her Majesty the Queen and many Prime Ministers.

“It will make an exciting living classroom, and is sure to capture the imagination of many young aviation enthusiasts.”

Sir Kevin is pictured above, centre, with staff at Bruntingthorpe during his visit.