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There must be some confusion here.
The VC-10 lacked the range to fly London-Los Angeles non-stop.
When BOAC routed its transpacific service to Sydney it operated London-JFK-LAX-HNL-Nadi-Sydney.
This article describes the routing:
Aviation writer Lance Cole refers to the Super VC-10 having the capability of flying nine hours aloft which would preclude London-Los Angeles. His book is entitled: VC-10 Icon of the Skies.
Then there’s this thread from Prune.
Later in the thread “WHBM” refers to the Super VC-10’s routing as shown in the examples above. In other words LHR-JFK-LAX then across the Pacific to Australia with stops in HNL and Nadi.1 Aug 2021
It seems you are right and I apologise.
Maybe that BA591 was a LHR-JFK-LAX etc flight after all.
The other JFK flights were BA501 (the once famous “Monarch” service) at 11.00 (up against PA101 and TW703 all LHR 11am departures), and later in the day there were BA509 and BA507, so in my mind I had forgotten that the BA591 was also a JFK service.
Once again apologies to all.
However in praise of the VC-!0 until fairly recently it had held 2 speed records for many many years ….
A) The fastest chox to chox flight JFK-London (in it’s case LHR) ……………… in recent years beaten by a Norwegian B788 into LGW.
B The fastest Brisbane (or was it Perth) to UK flight (to Brize Norton) …… and that was, in recent years beaten by the new QF service into LHR using a B789
It really was a very fast aircraft for its era cruising at Mach 0.831 Aug 2021