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6th Dec 2019, 20:23
Replies: 219
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Posted By Four Wings

Been there... In the mid 60s I used to fly...

Been there...
In the mid 60s I used to fly regularly as a passenger on Aden Airways C47 (aka DC3) services in South Arabia (now Yemen). All dirt strips. They were mixed configuration, with removable...
17th Nov 2019, 10:13
Replies: 66
Views: 30,307
Posted By Four Wings

Locally Argosies could only go into Riyan. Not...

Locally Argosies could only go into Riyan.
Not to decry the RAF, but Aden Airways DC3s could show them a thing or two.
I was a commercial civilian there 64-67 and travelled widely. I've got 35...
4th Nov 2019, 15:46
Replies: 2
Views: 625
Posted By Four Wings

Good point. Last time I flew in a Rapide (as pax)...

Good point. Last time I flew in a Rapide (as pax) was in 1960. But I remember they had an open cabin so pax and pilot in easy communication. Possibly pax in r/h seat? The Anson was not elderly then...
4th Nov 2019, 11:10
Replies: 2
Views: 625
Posted By Four Wings

Always keep a jambiya to hand

Old timers, particularly those with a South Arabian background, may be amused by the following extract from an article in the current issue of the Journal of the British-Yemani Society. The article...
9th Jun 2019, 15:39
Replies: 7
Views: 5,571
Posted By Four Wings

Mystery AN12BP

On Friday 7 June at about 2100 BST I heard a heavy turboprop crossing central London at a fair altitude. As this is unusual I checked FR24 which showed it as a AN12BP about 5 hours out of Heraklion,...
Forum: Freight Dogs
26th Sep 2018, 04:13
Replies: 3
Views: 1,543
Posted By Four Wings

Aden Airways lost a Viscount in 1967 when it blew...

Aden Airways lost a Viscount in 1967 when it blew up at Khormaksar while it was in 24 hour 'purdah' after some maintenance work. So the system works!
26th Sep 2018, 03:54
Replies: 22
Views: 2,782
Posted By Four Wings

I wonder if the CAA has established a connection...

I wonder if the CAA has established a connection with the valve seat recession associated with the absence of tetra ethyl lead in automotive fuels.

Digging back into the distant memories of my...
26th Sep 2018, 03:32
Replies: 1
Views: 585
Posted By Four Wings

ATC recordings around 1960

Can anybody please advise if ATC communications (especially 'tower' conversations) were routinely taped around 1960? The question particularly applies to what I would call 'second tier' airports...
28th Feb 2018, 13:58
Replies: 113
Views: 21,264
Posted By Four Wings

In memory land, my first Viscount flight was KLM...

In memory land, my first Viscount flight was KLM to Schipol in 1959, although actually we had a weather diversion to Frankfurt and were bussed to Schipol, where the bus drove airside to drop us off...
11th Nov 2017, 20:11
Replies: 61
Views: 6,462
Posted By Four Wings

In 1960 I flew on several normal scheduled Rapide...

In 1960 I flew on several normal scheduled Rapide flights of Sierra Leone Airways. They had 2 Rapides used for all internal services operating from Hastings (Freetown) to Bo and Kenema. I worked for...
30th Oct 2017, 16:52
Replies: 34
Views: 14,118
Posted By Four Wings

I have always been puzzled by the references to...

I have always been puzzled by the references to Dawson's Filed which I suspect may have been a bit of old RAF slang picked up by a journalist.
From late 1945 to Jan 1947 my father commanded the...
30th Oct 2017, 13:27
Replies: 291
Views: 82,906
Posted By Four Wings

Do you mean the cargo tunnel? I used to drive...

Do you mean the cargo tunnel? I used to drive through it in 1973 when visiting Shell's aviation fuelling terminal (I worked for Shell Aviation Division at the time, with the grand title of Head of...
11th Oct 2017, 20:21
Replies: 26
Views: 7,935
Posted By Four Wings

Tut tut! Do that in a Comet 1 and you were...

Tut tut! Do that in a Comet 1 and you were Yorked !
25th Sep 2017, 18:48
Replies: 27
Views: 5,169
Posted By Four Wings

As a teenager I flew several times on school...

As a teenager I flew several times on school holidays 1952-54 between Northolt and Jersey - also once from Eastleigh (I remember the return flight was diverted to Hurn because of fog). DC3s of...
24th Sep 2017, 17:40
Replies: 55
Views: 17,197
Posted By Four Wings

Good to see an old thread still lives! Seems...

Good to see an old thread still lives!

Seems I'm the last guy around who actually took his own car on BAF Carvairs.

First time was in mid 1961 when I had flown in to Cologne from Ghana to...
19th Jan 2016, 17:59
Replies: 364
Views: 127,830
Posted By Four Wings

I haven't read through this thread fully so...

I haven't read through this thread fully so forgive me if this titbit has already been noted.
RAF Argosies at one time carried fare paying civilian passengers. After an Aden Airways DC 3 was blown...
22nd Sep 2015, 14:56
Replies: 21
Views: 5,072
Posted By Four Wings

RAF transport was generally by road, as few...

RAF transport was generally by road, as few airfields were near rail. Army main Base Ordnance Depots e.g. Bicester had extensive railhead sidings so could use rail more easily.
From my wartime...
16th Apr 2015, 15:03
Replies: 69
Views: 13,194
Posted By Four Wings

If we were talking 50s it'd have to be "you'll...

If we were talking 50s it'd have to be "you'll never get to heaven in a Vampire jet", but to stretch things a bit let's recall long-forgotten Aden. In '65 I was a rare civvy volunteer on AFBA (Aden...
17th Feb 2015, 15:32
Replies: 3
Views: 1,660
Posted By Four Wings

In 1956 during my National Service the Army sent...

In 1956 during my National Service the Army sent me on a firefighting course at Kent Fire Brigade. One item of training was how to remove the pilot from a crashed jet fighter. They had a dummy...
24th Dec 2014, 14:37
Replies: 5
Views: 3,787
Posted By Four Wings

In July 1960 I was drafted in from my usual job...

In July 1960 I was drafted in from my usual job as Shell sales rep in Accra Ghana to help out as a refuelling supervisor at Accra airport during the UN airlift to Leopoldville (now Kinshasa) during...
29th Nov 2014, 20:05
Replies: 0
Views: 1,079
Posted By Four Wings

Air Mandalay

My daughter will be flying on several internal Burma flights in January, on Air Mandalay.

Has anybody any recent experience or views on their operations?

She will be taking a locally hired bike...
21st Oct 2014, 21:42
Replies: 62
Views: 21,875
Posted By Four Wings

The Shack: always described to me as 10,000...

The Shack: always described to me as 10,000 rivets flying in close formation. But am I now one of the few left that actually saw Shacks and their 'predecessors' the Lincolns in action?
In 1953 I...
1st Mar 2014, 17:32
Replies: 77
Views: 18,436
Posted By Four Wings

Re Meteor: I'm away from base at the moment so...

Re Meteor: I'm away from base at the moment so can't look up model numbers etc. However the Meteor powered the world's best tank of its time (the Fifties) -the Centurion. My memory was that the...
21st Dec 2013, 21:33
Replies: 239
Views: 33,688
Posted By Four Wings

10 July 1953 outward BOAC Comet 1 to Singapore...

10 July 1953 outward BOAC Comet 1 to Singapore inward 12 September 1953 BOAC Comet 1A. Remember: it was London Airport North in those days - terminal was WW11 huts. Still to be seen in early '70s.
4th Aug 2013, 16:07
Replies: 19
Views: 2,069
Posted By Four Wings

All white. She flew east over Levington a few...

All white. She flew east over Levington a few minutes earlier - I was puzzled by her disappearing shape beyond neighbouring trees (from below and behind has a quite sqare body and after all, I...
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