• Short Summary

    THIS USED TO BE A USUAL SIGHT IN SINGAPORE..A ROYAL AIR FORCE SUNDERLAND FLYING BOAT?

  • Description

    THIS USED TO BE A USUAL SIGHT IN SINGAPORE..A ROYAL AIR FORCE SUNDERLAND FLYING BOAT TAKING OFF FROM ITS 'BERTH' IN THE PLACID WATERS OFF THE ISLAND. BUT WHEN THIS SUNDERLAND TOOK OFF LAST WEEK (15TH MAY), IT WAS DOING SO FOR THE LAST TIME - THE SUNDERLANDS WILL FLY NO MORE.

    CHURNING OFF THE QUITE WATERS INTO A CREAMY FROTH, OFF GOES THE 'OLD MUMMY' - AS IT IS NOW CALLED RATHER AFFECTIONATELY - ON A CEREMONIAL FAREWELL SALUTE TO THE CITY OF SINGAPORE. IT'S SYMBOLIC TOO, BECAUSE SUNDERLANDS WERE THE FIRST AIRCRAFT BASED ON SINGAPORE FOR ROYAL AIR FORCE'S FAR EAST OPERATIONS.

    IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE SUNDERLANDS WERE SCRAPPED SOME TWO YEARS AGO BUT SINGAPORE CONTINUED TO OPERATE THEM TILL LAST WEEK.

    SUNDERLANDS SAW GLORIOUS SERVICE DURING SECOND WORLD WAR IN CONVOY AND ANTI-U-BOAT WORK. THE ENGAGEMENTS IT HAD WITH GERMAN U-BOATS ARE MANY.

    THESE BOATS ARE HEAVILY ARMED INCLUDING 8 MACHINE GUNS PLACED IN THE NOSE. THE BODY AND TAIL. INDEED THAT IS ONE OF THE UNDOINGS OF THE SUNDERLAND. IT HAS BECOME TOO HEAVY AND SLOW FOR MODERN WARFARE AND HAVE THEREFORE BEEN REPLACED WITH SHACKLETONS.

    WING COMMANDER R.A.M. MCCREADY, O.B.E., WHO CAPTAINS THIS SUNDERLAND IS THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE "SUNDERLAND SQUADRON" BASED IN SINGAPORE. WITH HIS TEN OTHER COLLEAGUES, THE CREW OF 11 HAVE FLOWN A TOTAL OF 30,000 HOURS ON FLYING BOATS, APART FROM THEIR OPERATIONAL FIGHTS ON OTHER TYPES OF AIRCRAFT.

    IN ITS LAST 'OPERATIONAL' FLIGHT. THE SUNDERLAND SALUTED A DESTROYER OF THE ROYAL NAVY. THEN FLEW OVER THE BUSY BUSINESS CENTRE OF SINGAPORE TIPPING ITS WINGS IN SALUTE. LATER IT FLEW OVER THE R.A.F. STATION IN SELETAR, SINGAPORE AND ITS USUAL BERTHING PLACE OFF THE BASE ITSELF.

    MANY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUNDERLANDS MAY FEEL SENTIMENTAL THAT THE 'OLD MUMMY' IS RETIRING, BUT THEN THAT'S PRICE OF PROGRESS. THE SUNDERLANDS THEMSELVES REPLACED SOUTHAMPTONS, AND IN ITS WAKE IT'S BOWING OFF - AND BOWING OFF GRACEFULLY - TO THE MORE MODERN AND SPEEDIER SHAKCLETONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA45TTGKSXII5HHRF2GSCH9THOA
    Media URN:
    VLVA45TTGKSXII5HHRF2GSCH9THOA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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