Vickers VC10

The Vickers VC10 was the United Kingdom's answer to the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8. Its main advantage over the American aircraft was the short field performance, but was less economical to operate. In the end just over fifty were built. Most ended up as transport or tanker aircraft with the Royal Air Force.

Like the Il-62 the VC10 has four jet engines attached in pairs to the rear fuselage. Other aspects of both designs include a T-tail, low mounted swept wings and a main landing gear with four wheel bogeys.

The VC10 is best recognised from the Il-62 by the cockpit windows. It has nine main cockpit windows and three eyebrow windows on each side. The VC10 as a  bullet fairing on top of the vertical stabiliser as well, but much smaller than that of the Ilyushin. Finally, the leading edge of the vertical stabiliser and dorsal fin is more curved than on the Il-62.

The VC10 has not as much cockpit windows as the Il-62, but still fifteen is a lot. They are divded over nine main plus six eyebrow windows.

The bullet fairing on top of the vertical stabiliser of the VC10 is modest. Also note that the dorsal fin nicely curves into the leading edge of the vertical fin.

Different versions

The different versions of the Ilyushin Il-62 can be identified by

  • the length of the fuselage
  • the number of refuelling points

Details will follow later.

Confusion possible with

Ilyushin Il-62

il 62m

Only one aircraft type is very similar to the VC10: the Ilyushin Il-62. The Il-62 has more cockpit windows (eightten in total), a larger bullet fairing on the tail and a tail gear that extends during parking.