Abandoned BAC Weybridge Hangar home of the Vickers VC10 Aircraft.

Hangar T374 built in the sixties as final assembly for the VC10 Aircraft. It was next to another giant hanger and they were known unofficially as the The Abbey and The Cathedral T374 had a floor space in excess of 10,000Sq meters

At the time I was MD of National Rescue and we had our HQ in the old flying club / Control Tower, a short distance away. Before it was sadly demolished in 1986 I managed to sneak in and was able to film a little of the inside. It was a basic hand held camera, so sorry about the shakes. The building last function was to be used for filming flying sequences in the film Flash Gordon.

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Автор Roger Tycholiz ( назад)
This was a wonderful modern aircraft for the time. Could not compete with
the strong US aircraft industry.

Автор Redblade ( назад)
Does anyone know how the VC10 got its name (Vickers-Commercial)? The list
below provides the answer:

VC1 - Viking
VC2 - Viscount
VC3 - Proposed civil development of Varsity
VC4 - 3 engined airliner for the North Atlantic. This had one engine in
each wing root and the third between the other two on the bottom centreline
of the fuselage. It was realised that three engines were insufficient thus
the design became four engined.
VC5 - A long range transport based on the Valiant for BOAC.
VC6 - Similar to the VC5 but short range for BEA.
VC7 - Also known as the V1000. This was a long range airliner based on the
Valiant but with low set wings. Engines were placed in the wing roots as in
the Valiant. VC7 was also applied to another design of which no details are
to hand.
VC8 - A design concept of which no details are immediately available.
VC9 - Vanguard.
VC10 - VC10 (obviously).
VC11 - A short range VC10.
VC12 - BAC 1-11 ( Originally the Hunting type 107)

Автор fabricio ayora ( назад)
both the 707 and vc 10 were great aircraft,,, and while the 10 is better
built,and technically superior and much safer to fly in,,, and so much
faster,, the 707 got it right in many other ways,,,so it was good enough,,
and cheeper to run but the vc 10 met different design requirements for the
routes it was meant to fly

but sadly it just cost too much to maintain,,,

and all military aircraft have a quiet and pampered life compared to
civilian aircraft,,,

Автор Brown Shed Productions ( назад)
This video brings back many memories. My Dad worked at Vickers/BAC
Weybridge for many years and as a child in the 1950's I went to the
children's Christmas parties which were held in the hangar. Dad was later
involved in making the wings for the Concorde and when they were closing
down he made an ashtray out of some of the waste metal. I've still got it
on my desk.

Автор AudiophileTubes ( назад)
Fascinating, historic video! Thanks for posting!

Автор corisco tupi ( назад)
Nice photo in the beginning of the video with the two VC-10s in the hanger.
There is an almost identical photo, from a slightly different vantage point
in the same hanger and with four instead of two aircraft in final assembly
(and in different positions so they could all fit), in William Sweetman's
book "A History of Passenger Aircraft". I had to look at the book again to
actually see it's another photo - they are remarkably similar.

Автор javamann1000 ( назад)
More destruction:

Автор javamann1000 ( назад)
That big shed was falling down or was it just a bit of masochistic, wanton
destruction which we are so good at?
E.g. Demolition of Harland and Wolff buildings.
all part of the plan to turn GB into a 3rd world service joint!
The 1-11 was another 'reason/excuse to scrap the TSR2.
I don't think it saved us any money in the end.
But it did destroyed heap of technical know how.
Afterwards, no one would admit that they gave the order for the total
destruction of the project!

Автор mick symes ( назад)
Memories, I was at the apprentice school, 1966/7

Автор Robert Bradley ( назад)
The reason the VC-10 was not a success as was the DC-8 and 707 was it was
designed for British use in the "Empire" and not for North American routes.
Britain still had not realised that they no longer led the World in
Aviation. They were virtually broke after the war but designed and built
planes for their rich class as it was before the war. BOAC/Bea etc could
only buy a few planes especially after they had blown their R&D dollars on
the Brabazon, Princess flying boat as well as a few others that were abject
commercial failures. BTW I am Canadian and we and BEA were about the only
airlines that bought the Vanguard - I loved the aircraft and flew many,
many business flights on it. It always felt safe and secure on it as it was
built like a tank but like the Lockheed Electra the jet era had arrived and
the flying public wouldn't accept anything else.

Автор Fredo platel ( назад)
merci pour la vidéo ...

Автор DAVID BLURTON ( назад)
both the 707 and vc 10 were great aircraft,,, and while the 10 is better
built,and technically superior and much safer to fly in,,, and so much
faster,, the 707 got it right in many other ways,,,so it was good enough,,
and cheeper to run but the vc 10 met different design requirements for
the routes it was meant to fly

but sadly it just cost too much to maintain,,,

and all military aircraft have a quiet and pampered life compared to
civilian aircraft,,,

Автор barracuda7018 ( назад)
K Knight
never a truer word said. Having worked on the VC10 in the RAF I can say
that no American built Boeing would last as long!!...

Mate, compared to American built Boeings, your RAF aircraft led a quiet
and pampered life ...

Автор barracuda7018 ( назад)
VC-10 was no match for B 707 which was more economical to fly, cheaper to
acquire and cheaper to maintain..All the reason to buy 707 instead of VC-10.
Most of the comments here sounds pretty much emotional and nothing to do
with reality..Sore losers.

'' The BOAC "buy Boeing" policy was implemented by top level executive
infiltrators who had been placed within BOAC by the International Bankers
who controlled American Industry since their 1913 coup d'état taking over
the US Federal ReserveThe BOAC "buy Boeing" policy was implemented by top
level executive infiltrators who had been placed within BOAC by the
International Bankers who controlled American Industry since their 1913
coup d'état taking over the US Federal Reserve''

WOW ...My god , another conspiracy theory ???? so any idea why the
other leading European Airliners like Air France, Lufthansa, KLM,
Alitalia,Iberia, Swissair or SAS didn't buy it ?? in short they were
not even interested in it .. All these airliners were infiltrated by
American agents???

Автор John B ( назад)
I remember some of us bunking off from Brooklands Technical College to see
the first VC 10 take off, the college didn't seem to mind. The aircraft
took off from the railway end of the runway, heat deflectors were built
behind where the aircraft began take-off. Viscounts were built there also
in the early 50s, not sure about Vanguards. I worked there in the late 60s
when they were building the last few VC 10s, BAC 1-11s and parts for the
Concorde. I left when work started dropping off, wish I could have stayed,
best employer I ever worked for.

Автор Michael Dart ( назад)
What a shame we won't see her fly again. Perhaps one day we may. Until then
I guess we'll have to have what Europe dictates. Pity we can't afford our
own and build our own aircraft. Perhaps if we didn't keep sending money to
other country where it " disappears", we could still do it, or am I from
the planet Zog !!

Автор bayleafdog ( назад)
Actually the last USAF KC135's were built in 1964

Автор Barry Kirk ( назад)
Interesting video, but got to say what an AWFUL piece of "music"! lol Had
to turn the sound off!

Автор Tim H ( назад)
Great video, such a shame places like these were demolished, losing so much

Автор videoshares ( назад)
wow, such a great video of such a great historic place, well done Andy for
taking the time and effort to video this important heritage

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
Hi and don't worry about liking the music, it does what it was designed to
do, which is to cover up the background noise, including me wheezing like a
90 year old, after climbing up into the roof space. It is just some
background music that comes with Pinnacle Studio software that you can edit
to fit the video length. If you use anything copyright then U-Tub can give
you a black mark.

Автор 347chas ( назад)
Thank you for the short film on the hanger.

Автор EricIrl ( назад)
Actually, Brooklands today is quite a lively place, with the excellent
museum and Mercedes World (including a brand new test track). It's still
well worth a visit.

Автор Robert Bradley ( назад)
My, the British industrial buildings were drab, even looking at times when
they were busy. It looks like the same place the Titanic was made,
everything disorganized and strewn all over the place. In the 1980's I was
sent to the UK to asses the capabilities of SCI a large UK electronics
firm, it was like walking into a plant 25 years previous to the time. The
Brits don't make much now and its no wonder, the old thought of squeezing
every last penny out of the manufacturing floor still stands.

Автор taketimeout2 ( назад)
I like the music if that is any consolation. Me and my then best mate
Deiter Sinnanin used to drive up there in the early 90's imagining what it
must have been like with beautiful VC 10s climbing out over the old A3 on
cold,clear and crisp Autumn evenings. The place still had a magic about it
then. Add in the fact that the Beatles used to live around the area and it
must have been one hell of a place to be around. So sad its all gone but
thats life! Nice upload, especially the music!

Автор Helga P ( назад)
For a brief history of the company (Vickers Ltd) google up "Vickers
Centenary" . This company was "The Empire". It is now BAe Systems.

Автор Steve Martin ( назад)
Thats why speakers have an off button, no one said you had to watch this or
listen to it !

Автор Martin Thomas ( назад)
Excellent response - well done. A great nostalgic video of bygone days. As
my dear Dad used to say ' Nothing seems to change for the better'! I think
he was right.

Автор Spencer Jones ( назад)
I don't remember him saying he was famous, but as the guy who rescued most
of the major exhibits at Brooklands and founder MD of National Rescue, I
guess you could say that. British Aerospace were not evicted they elected
to abandon the site, having as Vickers done such a good job of sabotaging
it so that Motor Racing could never come back. If you are so passionate
about Brooklands get down there and join the handful of UNPAID volunteers
who are working to rescue what they can.

Автор frank spencer ( назад)
look you i know weybridge just as well just because you put on a couple of
clips on you tube you think you are famous what i am saying is it is a
crying shame that british aerospace is gone and the racetrack is moss
ridden tesco??? mbw big deal!!!!

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
If you took the time to research before your start shooting your ignorant
mouth off, you would find that Brooklands is still famous today, all be it
for different reasons. As for the music if you would rather listen to me
breathing after climbing up those ladders, I will make a special version
just for you! I did think someone who feels they must comment on the work
of an Amateur Video Maker, must be knowledgeable and so I came to your
channel to look at all your videos - but there were none.

Автор frank spencer ( назад)
weybridge famous for racing and aviation what is it famous for now???
nothing the music for this video is awful like one of those stupid
promotional videos like come to norwich or better interview techniques or
new theme parks

Автор Sterlingjob ( назад)
Ill ask my dad, will be interesting to see!

Автор Sally White ( назад)
It was over Wiltshire, Chicklade I believe.

Автор Sally White ( назад)
I was born in Weybridge and my father was an auronautical engineer and
tested the 1-11. Unfortunately he was killed on 22nd october 2963. The news
of the crash was in the papers. Six other men were killed that day. The
plane went in to a stall and all men died. This happened over Wiltshire.

Автор Sterlingjob ( назад)
Was that on salisbury plain? I had a relative who was killed in the same
crash, if it was that same crash!

Автор CarePeers ( назад)
Well!! This hanger can be a nice home for me

Автор Sally White ( назад)
I was surprised to see this. My father, when he was alive, was part of the
team. He was an Aeronautical Engineer and sadly got killed in the testing
of the 1-11 in 1963

Автор Pte1643 ( назад)
Got to agree. I too am a big fan of the VC-10, but yes the yanks aircraft
are older. Similar thing happened to the Nimrod too... They've all been
retired in favour of the RC-135 (again based on the 707). The 3(?) that the
Uk are getting are older than the Nimrods they are replacing??? Go figure?

Автор SuperNevile ( назад)
Thanks for that, so it was "true", difficult to judge what were tall
stories When I worked in acoustics, we had a room in the old club house
(now the B. Cartland ladies room). Worked in there late into winter
evenings alone. It was spooky and I thought ~ glad this place isn't
haunted!. Then I heard later on that the paranormals (ghost busters) were
in there with their trip wires and infrared cameras ~ apparently a ghost
driver. Would love to go on a ghost tour. ~cheers!

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
Just one of the many such sightings in that area. I was in Hangar T151 one
night when we heard the sound of a vehicle with straight through exhaust
drive through it. Today they do candle light tours of the museum grounds,
which I understand are good fun! See my video "Hangar T151 Brooklands -
Home of National Rescue in the Eighties" for a look around that one

Автор SuperNevile ( назад)
Wow that is some connection between an empty hangar and the Protocols of
Zion! However, the British did not have anything or were designing anything
at the time to compete with the next big thing which was the 747, an
aircraft that really did change aviation history (more so than Concorde). I
do remember a few fuselage frames for the BAC 3-11 being erected in the
shop, and they looked massive as it was going to be a widebody ‘airbus’.
But they went no further ~ concentration was on Concorde.

Автор SuperNevile ( назад)
I meant East African Airways!

Автор SuperNevile ( назад)
Amazing all those Vickers aircraft flown out from within the confines of a
race track! The later ones were stripped down for the short hop to Wisley
tho' ~ but still!, Right next door to one of the most expensive pieces of
real estate in the country! No residents protest groups in those days!

Автор SuperNevile ( назад)
Thanks! Was to spend 6 weeks as an undergraduate apprentice in there. The
last VC10 was for South Africa, and we watched it go. For my 6 weeks the
hangar was empty, so I had to get a transfer after two weeks, Exciting
times tho' as Apollo 13 was on the radio. There was a story (don't know if
true or not) that during one night shift a ghost motorcyclist appeared thru
the closed hanger doors and disappeared thru the closed doors at the other
end. It was the old brooky track! The lads walked out!

Автор Reubixs ( назад)
Although i am one of the biggest VC10 fans, i would like to point out that
none of the USAF's Boeing KC135 fleet has a build date plate after 1959.

Автор chriscboland (2027 лет назад)
Good job getting in and filming this. I often think the recent past is that
part of our history most in danger of being forgotten - along with the
lessons to be learnt from this. This and many other sites, of course, were
integral to that part of our history known as the Cold War - a time of
incredible danger and at times great fear. For many reasons, some to do
with the sheer value of real estate, much of the physical evidence of that
time is being lost. A pity.

Автор deathcruiserdriver ( назад)
No Andrew, the magnificent VC10 (and it's without the hyphen, by the way)
never, ever, stalled and fell anywhere. What amazes me is that they managed
to build such a big aeroplane in such a relatively small factory, attached
to a VERY short runway!

Автор Andrew Smart ( назад)
VC-10,the stall and fall airliner?

Автор MrCapi55 ( назад)
Great instrumental sixties music. It´s already dead nowdays. Is´n it?

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
You are not wrong when it comes too Brooklands.although in fairness the
Guys at Trafalgar House tried to do a better job, than many others
companies may have done.

Автор TheSpiritof1969 ( назад)
Such is the optimism in this country that such a facility is worth more
after it has been bulldosed ........ or maybe Tescos wanted to put up
another supermarket.

Автор Rafael Santana ( назад)

Автор HeavensGremlin ( назад)
What a waste of an excellent building, and what a waste of an industry,
crushed out of existence by mealy-mouthed, lieing politicians.

Автор K Knight ( назад)
never a truer word said. Having worked on the VC10 in the RAF I can say
that no American built Boeing would last as long!!

Автор TheRattleSnake3145 ( назад)
20 years doesn't seem very old, why was it demolished?

Автор rikki ( назад)
hello sir, a VC 10 ? yes theres two out the back, would you like the to
take o look ? take away or delivered, and what colour ?

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
@decaid53 That did come from some records, but as you say it is clearly
wrong. My guess is it should have said meters or maybe yards. I will try
and find out more.

Автор targatop1 ( назад)
I think Vanguards, VC 10s, 3 One Elevens and a few Viscounts were built at
Weybridge. Because of the very short runway, the aircraft departed on the
maiden flight with minimal fuel, and positioned into Wisley, Vickers test
airfield which had a very long runway (closed, but still in existance
today).Most of the Viscounts were build at Hurn, as later, were the One
Elevens. I used to work in the hangars which were the production line at
Hurn, now sadly empty and rundown

Автор targatop1 ( назад)
Great to see this! I was an apprentice back in the mid 80s, and remember
Weybridge with much fondness. Weybridge was a very important site in
aviation history. It is such a sad symbol of 'England' that the site now a
retail park - just what England needs, eh?.. and a few more insurance
brokers too!!! In the 50s and 60s we were very clever as an engineering
nation, so sad - its all gone now, the people, the aircraft, the
industry... never mind.. Europe will look after us now.

Автор altractors ( назад)
Ha ha I remember interiors being the same as like in those offices when I
was very young!

Автор Dave Johnson ( назад)
Very nice. Were the Viscounts and Vanguards built here too? If not, do you
know where they were made?

Автор vqey2 ( назад)
i miss working at weybridge i enjoyed my short time working as a stock
checker , the oil and paint stores the bar stores the tool stores the nuts
and bolts stores the carpet stores the rubber stores etc happy times

Автор Agamemnon1002 ( назад)
How sad it is to see this. I worked at Bae Weybridge as a stress engineer
for 3 years until just before it closed, when we were then moved to
Kingston. Worked on A320 and all composite experimental wing project
(eventually cancelled by Warton). The head of structures then as I recall
was A. Kitchenside, a wonderful man and great engineer.

Автор andysvideo ( назад)
No not exactly, it is further North West (into the estate) than that. More
or less where POD the storage company are now days. Regards Andy

Автор Michael Cawood ( назад)
Really great - when I was an apprentice I worked in there on the VC-10s.

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