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Transport Command 1961

Old 27th Oct 2019, 19:32
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Transport Command 1961

Hope it is not a repeat post, found this 23 minutes of our Air Force in the old days RAF Lyneham, Transport Command to the fore. enjoy . .
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Well thanks for posting it here I wouldn't have seen it on History and Nostalgia. Great memories of Aden and Singapore from only a few years after the film. I'd forgotten how big the Britannia looked up close, and I always regretted I never managed a trip in a Comet. One question, 3minutes 50 secs - what does anyone make of the wings on the chap in the centre? I cant make them out myself
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TTN,

The chap you pointed out seems to have a lighter blue uniform. Could he be RAAF?
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I'd forgotten how big the Britannia looked up close
When the first Britannia came to Australia it was dubbed the "Whispering Giant". Crowds came to the airport to see it and some even ducked under the rope barriers to try & scratch their initials on it. Airport security has changed a little.
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Thanks, have not looked at History and Nostalgia before .👍
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What's the aeroplane shown at Eastleigh at 14:50? Is it a DC3?
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HP Hastings I believe OH
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HP Hastings I believe OH
The VIP Mk4 version (CinC MEAF?). Fitted out with retractable airstairs and furnished as a Pall Mall Club. Not a lot of use though for moving earth, roses for the growing of, hence replaced with an Argosy shortly after.
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Not a lot of use though for moving earth, roses for the growing of, hence replaced with an Argosy shortly after.
Ooo err, Matron!
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The VIP Mk4 version (CinC MEAF?). Fitted out with retractable airstairs and furnished as a Pall Mall Club. Not a lot of use though for moving earth, roses for the growing of, hence replaced with an Argosy shortly after.
I know exactly who you are referring to there Chug
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The VIP Mk4 version (CinC MEAF?). Fitted out with retractable airstairs and furnished as a Pall Mall Club. Not a lot of use though for moving earth, roses for the growing of, hence replaced with an Argosy shortly after.
Thanks Chaps!

I should have twigged that myself.

Cheers!
OH!
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They used to say that the max payload for an Argosy on the Nairobi to Khormaksar route was a verbal message
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Not a lot of use though for moving earth, roses for the growing of, hence replaced with an Argosy shortly after.
But the Argosy wasn’t big enough to take the Air/Sea Rescue craft to Perim Island for a fishing expedition for JJ and his mates, so a Beverley had to be used.
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Came back from Goose Bay in VIP Comet once, mid 70s, ACM Sir Ruthven Wade. How the other half lived. Whoever ordered the rations did everyone proud, one of the best fillet steaks I have eaten.
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Thanks for posting this, brought back happy memories of Khormaksar as a little lad 1951-53, mesmerised by the Hastings, Brigands and Valettas, with the Argonauts, Hermes and Connies on the civil east end of the airfield. This was me, Box Brownie case in hand, checking out the a/c which took us back to Lyneham over the next day, and the following day (night stop Castel Benito I think, or maybe it was Khartoum)
I sat behind the door with the loadmaster, lasting memory is the fiendishly cold draught from the battered doorway. At least it gave an excellent view downwards ...

Edited after seeing Oberon's post: Lucky you, for two days we had dried-up sandwiches in a cardboard box!
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By heck, Geriaviator, they didn’t do fashion clothing for kids back then ... or indeed adults! At least when we moved to Jamaica in c. 1955 I had jeans and sneakers!
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Home for the Giants video.

How did that cantilevered hangar design stand up (pardon the pun) over time?
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It’s still there!
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