SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
New for 20 Sqdn | Hunter XG293 | RAF Changi July 1962
Hunter FGA9 XG293 ‘N’, still in it's previous 43 Sqdn. markings after a long delivery flight from the UK, along with XG272 ‘H’, both with their 230 and 100-gal long-range fuel tanks. The pair passed through Changi on 7th July 1962 on route to 20 Sqdn at Tengah. 20 Sqdn used XG272 for the first time when Flt.Lt. D.Gill undertook a QCH/GCA and practice diversion on 17th July but XG293 didn’t appear until Flt.Lt. B.Hygate gave it an air-test on 17th Dec.’62. In the meantime XG272 had gone into storage in October at Seletar as 'Command Spare'.
In 1964, XG293 crashed at Tengah. One of 20 Sqdn’s ground crew reported: “ ‘F’ for Foxtrot, XG293, came out of the hangar after a 9 month refit and was taken up for an air test by Flt.Lt. Pete Martin. His final pass was to fly upside down over the runway at zero feet but, unfortunately, his engine cut so he was in a bit of trouble. He righted the plane and tried to bring it back round on to the runway but was heading for the ‘Gin Palace’ so decided that he had to get out. He was over the 20 Squadron line, about 200 feet, when he banged out. Everything seemed to be in slow motion, his canopy came off then his seat came out as he was shot into the air. The aircraft came down just off the start of the runway and he was coming down on top of the burning wreck when he pulled one of his ‘strings’ and guided to the side. Myself and a colleague had got there in the squadron Land Rover as he came down. An armourer, Jeff Phipps, got there first and when Flt Lt. Martin landed he took off his ‘chute, then his Mae West and handed it to Jeff who said, “But Sir......!” to which Pete Martin answered, “Sorry, can’t stop, this kite is u/s”. Apparently he was in the air again within the hour in the the two seater. This happened on the 21st April 1964. There was a plaque put up for him behind the line huts which read; ‘Within 200 yds of this spot, Flt Lt. P. Martin, pranged an Aston Martin DB6, a Harley Davidson motorbike and a Hawker Hunter aircraft.’ ”
(Story about Flt.Lt. Martin by ‘John M’, from http://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-371774.html)