SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Airflow | Javelin FAW9 XH724 | Paya Lebar September 1963
Close-up of the 3 rows of ‘vortex generators’ on Javelin’ XH724’s delta wing, seen with four Firestreak missiles. During the Indonesian Confrontation Javelins flew ‘protection’ flights for the supply dropping Hastings, Valettas, Argosys and Beverleys. The Javelins potentially could have been faced with Indonesian P-51 Mustangs and in fact practice interceptions were carried out in Singapore against a Valetta to test the Firestreak’s ‘lock’ on a propeller aircraft. ‘Head on’ was the most inconclusive so it was decided therefore a ‘stern’ attack was best. In September ‘64 a further eight Javelins from 64 Sqdn at Binbrook arrived at Tengah, remaining part of 64 Sqdn. These were FAW9R’s, fitted with the refuelling probe and up to four 230 gallon tanks underwing and were best suited to the Kuching and Labuan detachments as the greater endurance was useful over Borneo for the combat air patrols, though usually flying with two tanks and two Firestreaks. In this fit, the aircraft were limited to 370 knots max speed, although the tanks could be jettisoned if required. Sometimes one engine was shutdown to help with endurance and a typical sortie length was around one hour forty minutes. The shorter-range FAW9s ended up being used at Butterworth and Tengah. 64 Sqdn assumed responsibility for the Borneo detachments in mid ‘65, and then had all the FAW9Rs and the FAW9s stayed with 60 Sqdn. Many Javelins suffered from engine fires and XH724 ran off the runway at Tengah in April ‘64 and was written off after catching fire.