Re: Lodestar NZ 3507 on page 35. This photo is from files of late Fl/Lt RD ("Pete") Steel. Pete was second pilot on 3507's flight to Japan for AVM Isitt to sign surrender document on behalf of NZ on 2 Sep 1945. Handwritten note reads "With many thanks for a great trip. L M Isitt AVM 9/9/45." Document confirms that NZ 3507 was first british aircraft to land in Japan after the cease of hostilities.
It's getting increasingly awkward to use photobucket now, since they started storing the images in a random order but I have found 3 more that I took at Changi when I went there in a Herc in 1965 (when thet were very new!)
First shot has a USN R4D, our C 130, a Brittania, a Valetta and a collection of Hastings
Photo was taken 1965 during confrontation so there must have been at least one RAF squadron based there to shift pongo grunts around. Because of confro we had to fly clear of Indonesia so our route was Whenuapai-Brisbane-Port Moresby-Labuan-Changi-Coco Island-Perth-Whenuapai
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
While I'm doing transport machines here are another three,
First up a BOAC 707 at Mangere,with a Starlifter and something else in the background scan0119 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Next we are off to Ohakea for another couple of Boeings finest with, again, a Starlifter in attendance scan0118 by Neville Mines, on Flickr and still at Ohakea a clear shot of the second aircraft in the line scan0117 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Staying with the heavy metal here we have two Starlifters at Tengah, these were supporting the RB 57F that was flying from there in late 1967. scan0113 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
In this next shot we have from the right, the tail of one of our Canberras, the C 141, the modified research Canberra from the RAE, an Andover, probably later to be one of ours, and in the distance the Lightnings of 74 Squadron scan0114 by Neville Mines, on Flickr
Regarding skyhawkdon's story (Aug 3 2009) about 74 Squadron's tiger's head and having only recently come across this thread about the Lightnings of 74 (Tiger) Squadron, RAF, I can add to their tiger's head "liberation".
During 14 Squadron's last deployment to Tengah, Singapore, in 1970 before our Canberras were sold to India, all 74 (Tiger) Squadron personnel were away from their flight-line one day in May, a fact which became known to the above mentioned 14 Squadron member.
As I was "between tasks" at that point I was hurriedly summoned to drive a tractor from 14 Squadron's line about 500 yards along to 74 Squadron's line with Barry as passenger. He raced into their line-office and raced out again several minutes later with something wrapped in a blanket, jumped on the tractor and told me to drive like hell back to our flight-line, he then disappeared into our pack-up store. He later told me he had just secreted 74's tiger's head in a bale of rags which were ready to go back to NZ with the rest of us very soon after.
Upon finding their tiger's head missing 74 Squadron guys immediately came to us demanding it back. As I understand it from there, Barry pointed to one of our C-130s which had just taken-off and said they were too late.
And as previously mentioned the tiger's head later appeared in the W/Os' and SNCOs' Mess at Ohakea. When I visited the mess in 2012 it was still mounted there looking in better shape than the last time I saw it.
Post by planewriting on Dec 13, 2016 15:33:33 GMT 12
Just been looking at this thread from page 1 and will work my way through it and add any useful comment. On page 1 is a Heron. I believe it is ZK-AYV wearing the white top. It was the only NAC Heron to do so having been originally imported by de Havilland NZ Ltd and wore a white top in their ownership. The other three NAC Herons were all factory new and wore the same scheme as the DC-3 fleet throughout the 1950s, that is, silver overall with a single red band at window level and another band on the tail. Below the windows the aircraft were simply polished metal. There appears to be sufficient contrast between the upper and lower tones to consider this as ZK-AYV.