SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Four in the early morning | South Vietnamese C-47’s | RAF Changi November 1962
South Vietnamese C-47’s were very regular visitors to Changi in the early ‘60’s as a destination for training crews. Here, the last of the group taxis in to park at the end of the dispersal in the early morning light in Nov ‘62. The SVNAF ‘roundel’ was based on the US one and the C-47’s retained their original US serials, here 49113, 348874, 45993 and 4349216, all from the 415th Transport Squadron based at Tan Son Nhut, near Saigon.
In early 1962 the SVAF was still being built up and transferred many of it’s best C-47 transport pilots to a new 2nd Fighter Squadron at Bien Hoa AB. This left the C-47 unit, the 1st Transportation Group at Tan Son Nhut, low of experienced pilots. On a recommendation from his advisors, US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara ordered 30 USAF pilots to be assigned to the SVNAF as C-47 co-pilots. They arrived during March and April ‘62 and immediately began flying with the Vietnamese, however problems arose and these had worsened to such an extent that by August the Vietnamese appealed for a better understanding between the groups. This did gradually improve and the USAF co-pilots became part of the SVNAF structure and they had adopted an unofficial nickname of ‘The Dirty Thirty’.
(Various references to ‘The Dirty Thirty’, such as - http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=1284&page=1)