by Graham Causer
I'm a locomotive driver with Virgin Trains and a member of a group of enthusiasts at my depot - 'The Wolverhampton Aviation Group'. Formed some years ago, the group goes on organised RAF, RNAS & AAC base visits.
A close association has developed with 101 Sqn RAF through these visits. Recently, one of our driving vehicles, 82101, was named '101 Squadron' and some of the personnel from 101 Sqn had a day out with us after the naming ceremony.
On Thursday 17th February, our group were invited to fly a sortie with 101 Sqn on a VC.10 tanker.
The flight took off from Brize Norton, headed North - to a point right over my house - and turned right towards ARA 6, a designated refuelling area over the North Sea. We refuelled RAF Germany based Tornado's and a Nimrod from RAF Kinloss in Scotland.
We followed roughly the same course back to Brize and landed after a flight of just over five hours. The landing was smoother than my train stops!! I have never flown in anything before in my 47 years and it was just a fantastic experience of a lifetime. Our aircraft was ZD230 / 'K', a VC10 K4. My Thanks to 101sqn & Bob Dunn.
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