Bristol Type 170 Freighter comes home.
This was a twin engined Aircraft Passenger, Car transporter that was used over relatively shortish distance. There was an Airliner version also the "Wayfarer".
Sadly the Airfield and Runway are no longer there and The Once Proud Bristol Aeroplane Company that produced the Britannia Airliner, The Concord ( with a little help from the froggies ) and the wonderful racing car the Bristol Cooper have sold out to the French
Maximum of three guesses!
I understand that there are only Eleven of these still a Airworthy.
I do remember that in the Mid 1950s when i when i Stationed in the R.A.F. at Filton Bristol. these were used for moving Stores etc. and i am not sure if when we went to Gibraltar on Summer Camp for six weeks that we used a couple of these to transport the Airmen and Stores. They certainly were bone shakers.
Later 64 to 67 I was stationed with 48 Sqn Hastings at Changi as an AQM, After the Hastings crash at Abingdon we were grounded, I had some good friends on 41 Sqn RNZAF, that is when I did the three trips to Labuan. When Supply dropping out of Kuching we also carried live chickens and goats! these we dropped by parachute to the Ghurkas in the jungle. Do it all again? Yes Please.
I never really knew much about the Freighter as I went to R.A.F. Filton Bristol and after being resigned to a life of counting Socks and Aircraft spares They suddenly needed a Squadron Store man 501 and then I had my own Store in a Hanger where all the Jets, Meteor and Vampire were Serviced. Although I was surrounded by Aircraft and Engine fitters, all skilled I was treated just like one of them.
I had a Land Rover at my disposal if any Aircraft parts were needed and I took great delight in making sure there was something that was needed on the back as one of the Pen pushers in the Squadron Office, a Flt. Lt. who hated me and the feeling was mutual was always wanting to borrow it.
Across the Airfield was the Bristol Aeroplane Co. and apart from the Bristol Britannia Airliner, One of which whilst on a Test Flight had caught fire in one engine so the Chief Test Pilot landed it on the mud on the nearby River Severn The problem being when the Tide was in it was nearly submerged but there was a lot of Technical stuff recovered by the B.A.C. technicians with the help of some of us R.A.F. Wallahs
Filton Airfield was extremely large and had all types of Civil and Military. There were very large aircraft from Pakistan, painted Green and Canadian Sabre Jets plus the B.A.C. were working on prototypes of Helicopters these were to hold passengers like a single decker bus, they had Twin Rotor Blade at each end and the London Transport had given them an order worth Millions but they were considered too noisy. The Engine Test Beds were Underground and going 24 hours a day, after a time you just got used to it.
There were also The Bristol Cooper Racing Car which used the side Runways so there were no quite times
Nearly forgot The Bristol University Air Squadron who had a small number of Prop Aircraft "Chipmonks"
Sorry to say that I have no recall of a Jim White but, there again, I struggle to remember my wife's name sometimes (LoL). The aircrew lived in a different world from us'Techies' !!!