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Would it be OK to share the Beaver photos with the DHC-2 Beaver group on facebook?
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albatross: Please feel free; if you want me to send you a higher-resolution copy then send me a PM with your email address.
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old, not bold: I met the SA navigator but his name is eluding me. I have made enquiries with my spy in South Africa and will report further. In the meantime, here is Terminal One at Fahud.
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in 1959-61 the Abu Dhabi terminal consisted of a borasti lean-to, which was not worth photographing, and an old Bedouin guard who was partial to Spam!

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Here are some of the Sultan's askaris at Salalah.
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Sharjah 152 Sqn B Flight

Great pics!! I seem to remember a hut as the control tower at the strip at Abu Dhabi in 1966. Always given a Fanta drink on landing!!
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Sharjah 1966

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Old 17th Dec 2015, 21:18
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Indian A.F 'Cub'

Haven't visited the site for a while so it's nice to see it's still going strong. Great photo's JW411 of the Antonov An-12. I saw two in Jan' and two in Feb' 1966. I too took the opportunity to have a look inside one and I was particularly interested in the climb up to the rear "gun turret." I was at Khan Creek swimming when 3 took off on 27th Feb. Typical, the one day in the week you have a trip out and I missed them! ATC told me that they(L450/1 & 2) were on delivery to the IAF.
Even nicer are the Provost pic's. I only ever saw one SOAF a/c at Sharjah during my time there and that was a Beaver. Would have been a real treat to have seen some Provosts though. Keep the photo's coming and the stories - great! I must scan some more of mine...................

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I've been scanning some slides from my Aden Argosy time in 1966-67, and amongst them was one marked 'Caravelle at Sharjah.' It's not a great picture, but who would have been operating it?

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Looks like Middle East Airlines.
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I have a vague recollection of a Caravelle belonging to the Danish outfit, Sterling Airlines, crashing somewhere in the Sharjah area. Could that Caravelle have been one of theirs?
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I don't think it is in Sterling livery, although the colours are not easy to make out. Sterling was predominantly red along the fuselage and red fin markings. I also don't think they served Sharjah. The crash was on the approach to Dubai, 14.3.1972.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterli...ays_Flight_296

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I am sure it belongs to MEA.



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Or even Syrian Arab Airlines?
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Syrian Arab Airlines colour scheme was blue.

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Actually John, I was thinking of their earlier colour scheme which had a white fin and rudder with the Syrian flag on the fin with the registration below.
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ISTR the earlier Syrian Arab colour scheme was still blue and white Jock. If my eyes aren't deceiving me the Caravelle in ICM's slide looks red and white.
Happy days, before Bliar and Bush sowed the seeds of the current middle east disaster.
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AND Syrian ran their scheduled service through Sharjah in the earlier colourscheme.
Now Sterling Caravelles did come through en-route to Colombo & some enterprising chappies had an arrangement whereby films would be brought from Denmark.
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