SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Wessex fails to fly | Wessex HAS1 XM918 | RAF Changi January 1963
The crew of Wessex HAS1 XM918 From HMS Hermes wait with one of the engine access panels already opened, for the servicing flight crew to assist as it lies stuck on the exit taxyway on the Western Dispersal. It had attempted to lift off from the adjacent ‘heli-pad’.
This first version of the Wessex had only one engine, a Napier Gazelle and unfortunately an engine failure was also to finally ‘sink’ this Wessex, as on the 9th September 1969, it suffered an engine failure causing it to ditch in the English Channel eleven miles off Portland, Dorset. The crew were rescued by an accompanying aircraft. In early January ‘63, when this was taken, ‘Operation Ale’, supplying the forces dispatched to Brunei was still continuing and both the BUA DC-6B G-ARXZ on the left and RAF Britannia XM496 on the right were involved in this.