SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Unloading with the 'BFLP' | Britannia XL640 | RAF Changi December 1962
Britannia XL640 ‘Antares’ arrived at 2035 as Special Flight 6839 from Khormaksar via Gan on 14th December captained by Flt.Lt. C.Parent, an RCAF pilot on an exchange posting to 511 Sqdn. It’s being unloaded with the large ‘Britannia Freight Lift Platform’ for an ‘Operation Ale’ flight to supply the personnel involved in the Brunei uprising. This sudden burst of activity by the Britannia Force wasn’t without some problems as a couple of days later, on the 16th December, XM519 with a 511 Sqdn crew under Flt.Lt. Norman Rose suffered an out of control over-speeding prop on their No 4 engine after passing the ‘Point of No Return’, whilst en-route from Aden to Gan with three passengers and a load of Sea Slug missiles for Tengah. The prop of No 4 engine refused to feather and was wind-milling in the 300 knot cruising speed so the Britannia had to slow to avoid the prop disintegrating. It descended from 17,500 ft to 1,500 ft and reduced speed to only 120 knots and Rose declared a full emergency. He and his crew nursed the aircraft towards Gan with a very real fuel problem at the low altitude and amazingly it had insufficient fuel left for it to register on the flight deck gauges when it landed.