‘Queen of the Skies‘ set to blast down the runway at Wings & Wheels

 Inside VC 10   Credit-Pete-Gardner
Credit Pete Gardner

The Brooklands Museum Vickers ‘Queen of the Skies’ VC10 will be blasting down the Wings & Wheels runway at 9:30 on Sunday 28th August in a noisy demonstration of her power. When she’s not taking a trip down the runway she will be open for public tours where visitors can get up close and personal with this terrific tanker at the event on 27th and 28th August.

The VC10 will be located in the motoring paddock and for a donation towards the maintenance of the aircraft, visitors are able to enter the refuelling tanker and learn about how it served with the RAF. Tours will be offered on a first come first serve basis over the weekend with a suggested donation of adults £5 per person and children £2 per person.
The VC10, which carries the RAF serial number ZA150, was the very last VC10 of 54 built at Brooklands in the 1960s and was one of the last two flying with the RAF from Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and retired this after completing a total of 43,400 flying hours.
‘ZA150’ was purchased by the RAF in 1978, having been previously owned by East African Airlines. The aircraft was to undergo a huge transformation, from a civilian airliner to an RAF air-to-air refuelling tanker. It was stored at Filton for several years, before making its first flight as an RAF tanker in 1984.
Decommissioned in 2013, the VC10 was bought by Brooklands Museum, and permanently parked at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Kept in serviceable condition, Wings & Wheels visitors are given the chance to see inside the incredible transition this aircraft made after its internal structure was converted for refuelling.
Managed and maintained by Brooklands Museum volunteers, the VC10 is one attraction not to be missed. Visitors to Wings & Wheels can also enjoy the full complement from the RAF as they display with the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota) as well as the Royal Navy Black Cats, Blades, Sally B and B-25 Mitchell bomber. Supercars, classics and race cars put on an awe inspiring display of power and speed on the Top Gear track in a two-hour auto spectacular from Brooklands Museum. Over in our Wheels Zone is an array of interactive and static displays as well as two and four wheeled shows in the Stunt Zone with Steve ‘Showtime’ Colley and Mission Motorsport and a new Monster Truck arena offering demonstrations and passenger rides. The show also includes over 25 fixed-price catering outlets, 2 bars, hospitality facilities, free on-site parking, public camping, lost children point, disabled access, informative show commentary, opportunities to meet the pilots, official show merchandise and grandstand seating. The 12th annual Wings & Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2016, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 21:00. Advanced rate tickets from £22 for adults or £50 for a family. Single child tickets (for children aged 5 – 15) will be £7. Children under 5 go free. Hospitality packages start from £155 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information, visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book standard tickets call 08712 305 572. Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited and in 2016 will be assisting the fundraising efforts of Brooklands Museum Trust and Help for Heroes.



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