The well-publicised end of live aircraft
tenure and operation at Bruntingthorpe means that the urgent relocation of
VC10 K4 ZD241 is required.
Since the news broke, a number of
volunteers have been actively exploring viable options for a new home for the
aircraft – preferably somewhere that will facilitate the continued taxiing of the
aircraft and maintain the exciting
opportunity to ride onboard as a
passenger or flight deck visitor. Given
the questionable future of the other
complete VC10s, it is imperative that
every effort is put into securing the
future of ZD241.
The group have compiled a number of
costed options. Understandably with an aircraft of this size and complexity, the
costs involved are considerable. We now turn to you, the public, enthusiasts and
supporters for assistance. The security
of the aircraft’s future and its continued operation depends wholly on the
generosity of the public to provide the
financial support required to relocate it.
The options are listed below, in order of preference, with a brief explanation of
what each option would provide. The
amount of support provided will
ultimately determine which option is
Option One – Comprehensive and
sympathetic strip-down of the aircraft by VC10 specialists to facilitate relocation
and rebuild to current operational
condition allowing power-on, engine
runs and taxiing. Included in this costing
is 5 years of rent at Kemble airfield and
operating costs which would allow the
group to become established and
provide a very secure future for the
aircraft and her supporters.
Cost - £438,000.
Option Two – Sympathetic strip-down,
relocation and rebuild facilitating power-on and engine runs at a static location.
Not taxiing reduces operational costs,
but precludes taxiing and passenger
carrying opportunity although this
option does retain the aircraft’s
uniqueness in being the only complete
and engines-live VC10 with a secure
Cost - £380,000
Option Three – Strip-down, relocation
and rebuild as a static display exhibit at a museum within the UK. This option will
retain the aircraft in its complete form
allowing continued enjoyment and
amazement but lose the ability to power-up.
Cost - £300,000
The serviceability and operational
condition of the aircraft post relocation
is fully dependant on the success of this
fundraising effort. The group are ready
to begin work, dedicating their
experience, skill and time to preserve the aircraft’s future. Their ability to do this
depends on you. We are asking you to
kindly donate as much as you can to
assist in this amazing, unique and hugely important venture.
We are giving our campaign 60 days to run 18/09/2020 deadline and should we not reach at least option 3, we will stop the fundraising and return all your donations.
Please keep a look out on our VC10 Facebook pages for updates. Thank you all.
- Stuart Carter
- Jordan Tooth
- Ashton Bezer
- linda cormill
- Duncan Spence