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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Dutchman waiting to fly | KLM Super Constellation PH-LKE | RAF Changi March 1962
The flight crew waiting beside KLM Super Constellation PH-LKE ‘Pegasus’. The aircraft was carrying out some ‘secret diplomacy’ at Changi on 11th March 1962. It had brought in Indonesian prisoners captured in West Irian by the Dutch; part of the turmoil that the Indonesians were involved in to remove the ‘colonialists’, that erupted in January 1962. West Irian was a part of Dutch New Guinea and had been retained after handing the rest over to Indonesia in 1949. .Captured by the Dutch Navy, the Indonesians were exchanged for some Dutch prisoners brought in on Garuda Indonesian Airways Electra. The Electra chose to stay out of the limelight at Changi and unloaded it’s passengers at the extreme southerly end of the runway, before immediately departing again. The Super Connie departed the next morning.