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Vickers V1000

A Vickers V.1000 of the Royal Air Force in flight.

The Vickers V.1000/VC.7 is a jet powered airliner/strategic transport aircraft. The V.1000 was the first aircraft to use turbofan engines, being powered by four Rolls Royce Conway engines.

The V.1000 made its first flight on June 20, 1956 and entered service with the RAF in April 1958. The airliner variant, the VC.7, entered service with British Overseas Airways Corporation on January 1, 1958 with a flight from London to Toronto via Halifax. The initial variant, the Type 1000, carried 110-131 passengers over a range of 3,600 nautical miles. In response to requests from airlines for greater range, Vickers developed the Type 1050, with improved engines and increased MTOW, extending the range to 4,500 nautical miles.

Vickers went on to deliver 540 VC.7s between 1958 and 1968. The VC.7's reign at the top of the British airliner market was relatively brief, as it was superseded by the larger, faster, and longer-ranged VC-10. British Airways, which had inherited the VC.7 from BOAC, flew its last scheduled VC.7 flight on September 30, 1983 as Flight 193 from Lagos to London, piloted by Captain Eric Moody. Other airlines would continue to use the VC.7 into the 21st century, with the last airline to operate it in scheduled passenger service, Saha Airlines of Iran, retiring it in April 2013.

The V.1000 served with the RAF from 1958 to 2013. It continues to be used in a limited capacity by other air forces in the Allied Pact and Non-Aligned Movement.

In OTL, the Vickers V1000/VC.7 was cancelled before any examples of the aircraft were built.

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