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Unread post by photon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:37 pm

Hi Mars

It is indeed curious that the Vampire would follow the Spit into a storm cloud.
I shall let Group Captain Bill Sykes answer the question as to why they followed the Spitfire , these are his words :

"...Then, without warning, Jack suddenly banked 45 degrees to port, turned towards the cloud, rolled out with wings level and pushed the nose down in a 15 degree dive.
In the Vampire we exclaimed to each other : "What is he doing now?" as he was obviously heading into the storm. Our instinct, of course, was to continue on our heading, but Air Force training overrides such notions, and one tends to follow one's leader. (To lose one's leader is considered very ignominious, even in a desperate situation) ..."

I guess one has to be an Air Force trained pilot to truly understand the depth of this.
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Unread post by photon » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:47 pm

Something of interest for the fans of early aviation magazines in South Africa.
The front page of Vol.1 , No.1 , August 1930 of "Aviation in Africa" .
This is probably the first ever South African aviation magazine.

ImageSAAMS_history_20190626_0001a-res by omer mees, on Flickr

And the first advert for DH Gipsy Moths at reduced prices :) :)

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Unread post by 125 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:09 pm

A few pics I found in an old book about South Africa.
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Unread post by photon » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:48 pm

Some pics of an accident that happened at Maseru Airport in Lesotho on 29 Dec 1980.
SAA's HS748 ZS-SBV "Etosha" landed slightly fast, it bounced three times and then the nosegear collapsed.

ImageSAAMS_HS748_20190705_0002a-res by omer mees, on Flickr

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Unread post by photon » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:54 pm

Some pics of the recovery operation at Maseru.

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ZS-SBV stored at Maseru Airport.
Interesting to note DHC-2 Beaver ZS-CAJ, a few Lesotho Airways BN-2 Islanders and in the background two Shorts SC-7 Skyvans and a Dornier Do-27 of the Lesotho Police Mobile Unit

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Unread post by photon » Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:56 pm

Interesting pic of Rand Airport taken sometime during period end 1946 to mid 1947.
In the top l/h corner of the picture we can see a De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide next to a SAA Lockheed L1808 Lodestar , the tail of a SAA Dakota is also visible.
In the foreground of the picture we can see an interesting collection of aircraft.
We have Avro 691 Lancastrian 3 G-AHBW "City of London" of Silver City Airways ; this aircraft operated the company's first commercial flight from London to Sydney via Johannesburg in Nov.1946.
Two of the DC-3/C-47's in the picture are from the USAAF , the third one is from a civilian operator ; unfortunately no serials or registration can be seen.
The aircraft between the two USAAF Daks is Auster J/1 Autocrat G-AGXE ; this plane later became ZS-BPM and was written off after a crash near the small village of Edenville in the Free State in Feb 1957.
Next to the civilian Dak is another De Havilland DH89 Dragon Rapide.
The last two aircraft are Airspeed AS.65 Consuls G-AIAH and G-AIBC ; both were converted to civil configuration from military Airspeed AS.10 Oxfords.
I have no idea what the meaning is of the large letters "A.P.L." on the hangar roofs.Can someone help with this ?

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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:23 pm

Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar ZS-ASN in the color scheme of the Aircraft Operating Company Ltd.
The aircraft is equipped for airborne geophysical surveying.

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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:28 pm

Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar ZS-ASN and Douglas C-47A ZS-DJK of the Aircraft Operating Company Ltd.

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Unread post by V5 - LEO » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:36 pm

....any Lodestars still operating somewhere in the world?
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Unread post by richard C » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:45 pm

photon wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:23 pm
Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar ZS-ASN in the color scheme of the Aircraft Operating Company Ltd.
The aircraft is equipped for airborne geophysical surveying.

ImageSAAMS_ZS-ASN_20190723_01a-res by omer mees, on Flickr
Haven't you just posted a picture of a DC 3 - ZS ASN on the 'Seen at FALA' thread ? Freaky !
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Unread post by photon » Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:31 pm

richard C wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:45 pm
photon wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:23 pm
Lockheed L18-08 Lodestar ZS-ASN in the color scheme of the Aircraft Operating Company Ltd.
The aircraft is equipped for airborne geophysical surveying.

ImageSAAMS_ZS-ASN_20190723_01a-res by omer mees, on Flickr
Haven't you just posted a picture of a DC 3 - ZS ASN on the 'Seen at FALA' thread ? Freaky !
Indeed, the Lodestar was ZS-ASN and the Spectrem Turbo Dak is currently ZS-ASN.
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Unread post by photon » Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:09 pm

Some pics for the fans of the orange tail :wink:

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Unread post by Mars » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:41 pm

photon wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:37 pm
Hi Mars

It is indeed curious that the Vampire would follow the Spit into a storm cloud.
I shall let Group Captain Bill Sykes answer the question as to why they followed the Spitfire , these are his words :

"...Then, without warning, Jack suddenly banked 45 degrees to port, turned towards the cloud, rolled out with wings level and pushed the nose down in a 15 degree dive.
In the Vampire we exclaimed to each other : "What is he doing now?" as he was obviously heading into the storm. Our instinct, of course, was to continue on our heading, but Air Force training overrides such notions, and one tends to follow one's leader. (To lose one's leader is considered very ignominious, even in a desperate situation) ..."

I guess one has to be an Air Force trained pilot to truly understand the depth of this.
Thanks Photon, Interesting response
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Unread post by Segg » Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:47 pm

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What a photo! =D>
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Unread post by photon » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:03 pm

Going trough the checklist in the cockpit of Boeing 747-400 ZS-SAV "Durban"

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