SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Collecting for ‘The Ark’ | Gannet AEW3 XL494 | RAF Changi July 1962
Gannet AEW3 XL494 ‘432’ of ‘C Flight of 849 Sqdn from Ark Royal, as it arrives at Changi in July 1962. The AEW3 was still using the AN/APS-20F radar, that had come with the Royal Navy’s first AEW aircraft, the American Skyraider. It had better displays, now 8” instead of 3” and there were two of them, operated by two
Observers, seated side-by-side in that cubby-hole in the middle of the fuselage and it was now ‘gyro stabilised’ as well. That this 1945 vintage radar worked so well is truly remarkable....and even more so, that it was then passed on to the RAF in the AEW2 Shackletons. An ex-RN radar operator later observed of the AN/APS-20 radar on the 8 Sdqn Shacks:
“By any standards the Shack’s equipment was primitive: it took up to forty minutes to tune the 25-year old radar after take-off, a procedure involving the use of a screwdriver; and if it failed to come on line the whole crew was trapped airborne for hours until the aircraft was down to landing weight as dumping fuel to land was prohibited except as an emergency”. (Lt. Ed Featherstone in ‘Fly Navy’ Published by Pen & Sword 2000).