SOVIET ERA RUSSIA 1976
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closely observed planes - Singapore early 1960's
Big front | Bristol Freighter NZ5906 | RAF Changi September 1962
The crew of Freighter NZ5906 from 41 Sqdn RNZAF leave it parked the day before the Changi Airshow in September ‘62. The Bristol Freighter’s front was great for loading, but for instance, take-off in a Freighter was at 80 knots, but you didn’t want to lose an engine as a crucial 10 knots had to be gained before the plane was a ‘single engine safety speed’ and could gain any height. The brand new NZ5906 was exihibited at the 1952 Farnborough airshow and it was one of the Changi based 41 Sqdn aircraft detached to Kuching during the Confrontation and was hit by Indonesian ground fire on 13 October 1965, when an incendiary went through the letter ‘06’ ident here on the nose, took out the radio, damaged the toilet and started a fire in a parachute.
One of the last 4 RNZAF Freighters, it was taken out of service in March 1977 but... just kept on going with a number of New Zealand operators and was finally taken off the register in January 1991, becoming derelict at Ardmore by 1992. The aircraft however has refused to die and is still ‘in use’ in NZ as a ‘2 motel rooms’ at Woodlyn Park, near Waitomo Caves.