SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
RAFAIR Flight 2207 taxies out | Comet C2 XK697 | RAF Changi August 1962
Leaving on the return of ‘trooping’ Flight 2207, Flt.Lt. I. Haigh taxies 216 Sqdn Comet C2 XK697 ‘Cygnus’ out past the Control Tower’s ‘signals square’ as it heads down the taxyway to runway 20 at Changi on 5th August 1962. The Comet had passed through Changi a few days earlier on it’s way to Kai Tak. At Kai Tak the crew took the opportunity to do some 'continuation training' as it had the infamous 'Chequerboard Hill' approach to runway 13 requiring the pilot to aim at a chequer board painted on the cliff edge and then turn very sharply over the tower-blocks of Hong Kong to align with the runway. Only pilots trained in this approach were allowed to make it, so Flt.Lt Haigh took the time to train another pilot in the technique.
On the 1st October, the Mk2 Comets were relegated to the ‘West Med’ trooping flights to Malta and Cyprus plus some of the VIP runs, so we stopped seeing both versions on the apron at Changi. The Comet C4’s crews coming to the Far East also soon started to adopt a ‘slipping’ system, similar to the Britannia crews.