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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Resting Herons | RCyAF Heron 2D’s CR802 and 803 | RAF Changi September 1962
Two Heron 2D’s CR802 and CR803 of the Royal Ceylon Air Force parked for the night; having beaten the rainstorm. These Herons were fairly frequent visitors to Changi, seen here in September 1962 and were based at the ex-RAF station of Negombo. Ceylon became Sri Lanka on becoming a Republic in 1972. That same year one Heron, CR803 was re-engined with an American ‘Riley’ conversion. Jack Riley visited Sri Lanka and authorised the conversion locally, which entailed the replacement of the Herons four Gypsy Queen MK30 engines, with AVCO Lycoming IO540 s - which were lighter in weight, more fuel efficient and significantly increased power to 360hp. The 17 seat cabin was converted into two luxury compartments of four seats each with a jump seat for a steward and a toilet compartment was fitted to the rear.