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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Awkward and beautiful | RMAF Pioneer FM1019 | RAF Changi September 1962
Not the prettiest of aircraft but the beautiful colour scheme of the Royal Malayan Air Force made the most of the aircraft, which could carry four passengers, with the pilot sitting on his own, in front. With full-span leading-edge wing slats and Fowler-type trailing edge flaps the Pioneer could take-off in 225 feet and land in 200. This RMAF aircraft was from Kuala Lumpur.
The RAF operated Pioneers with 209 Sqdn at Seletar which frequently landed on the Carriers Bulwark and Albion during the ‘Confrontation’. Here’s a report from a 209 Sqdn Pioneer pilot, Peter Stewart, whilst undertaking a night take off from HMS Albion: “Gently up to full power, brakes off, left rudder to keep straight, airborne before the island then CRASH!! My top Perspex canopy had collapsed/blown away and my linen sun sheets with wooden securing baton were flailing round the cockpit.
No time to think about that, it’s pitch black, onto instruments, maintain a positive rate of climb, get to 45 kts, increase to 60 kts. WHAT IS HAPPENING?? From the right side of my peripheral vision I can see red glims overtaking me - and below me!!! Back onto instruments - quick! Wings level, positive rate of climb, speed still 45 kts - nose down a bit to increase speed -BUT those red glims are still overtaking me!! Then it clicked! I had taken off from a deck travelling at 15 kts into a headwind of 5 kts. As I climbed the wind increased such that at 200 ft the wind was 35 kts, at 300 ft the wind was 45 kts and at 500 ft the wind was 55 kts - slightly faster than I was going - and the aircraft carrier was overtaking me!”
(Peter Stewart's HMS Albion memory from the - www.nmbva.co.uk website (National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association))