SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Nose detail | Gannet XP199 '431' | RAF Changi September 1962
Gannet AEW3 XP199 ‘431’ of 849 Sqdn’s ‘C Flight’ parked up the day before the 1962 Changi air display. Note the painted ‘zebra’ beneath the cockpit. ‘The Ark’ had called at Aden on the way to Singapore, but wasn’t to visit Mombasa, a more likely place to be ‘zapped’ with an African animal, until November ‘62. The Aussie's have had their usual go at graffiti as it’s also picked up a ‘kangaroo’, perhaps when the aircraft called at RAAF Butterworth just before Singapore. The aircraft is carrying a Palouse auxiliary starter on it’s wing pod, so was going to be of assistance to the Sea Vixen and Scimitar also on display. The pilot of an AEW3 Gannets could enter the cockpit either side, as there are little ‘foot holds’ on both sides, but he’d be better off climbing up on the other starboard side, as there’s some pull-out steps, that’d get him up to those high foot-holds. The Gannet’s front wheel was ‘non-castering’ so you had to use ‘differential braking’ to make any turn at all, which made things difficult on-board ship of course. Note the inner prop is feathered after taxying in on just the outer engine. Gannets often flew patrols on one engine, alternating them hourly.