SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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Argosy awaits the rain | XP445 | RAF Changi July 1963
Rain clouds behind Argosy XP445 at Changi shortly after Wg.Cmdr. Talbot-Williams had arrived leading the first batch of seven Argosys ferried out from the UK in late July ‘63. XP445 was flown out by a crew under Flt.Lt. P.A. Stevens, with call sign RAFAIR 4458, leaving Benson on 17th July and routing via Luqa, El Adem, Khartoum, Khormaksar, Masirah, Bombay, Katunayke and Butterworth. The flight wasn’t without difficulties as it had to return to Khormaksar and then have an air-test at Masirah and with a partial loss of power from No 3 engine, the aircraft returned to Bombay on 3 engines. Their flight therefore took 41 flying hours. The squadron soon picked up the nickname of ‘TWA’ or ‘Talbot-Williams Airline’, after the Squadron Commander’s initials. Nicknames also abounded for the Argosy: ‘Whistling Wheelbarrow’ for it’s shape and ‘Whistling Tit’ afters it’s engine noise and nose radar, were commonly used.