A number of twin-engine DC-3 aircraft were handed over to the government of the Khmer Republic as part of an Australian aid programme in a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Wednesday (5 January).
A number of twin-engine DC-3 aircraft were handed over to the government of the Khmer Republic as part of an Australian aid programme in a ceremony in Phnom Penh on Wednesday (5 January). Present during the ceremony in the Khmer capital was the Vice-President, Mr. Tim Nguon and the Australian Ambassador, Mr G.B. Feakes.
SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh airport... and driving to it on Wednesday was the Australian Ambassador to the Khmer Republic, M. G. Feakes. The Ambassador was attending a ceremony at the airfield in which a number of aircraft were to be handed over to the Khmer Government as part of an Australian aid programme. Shortly after his arrival at the airport, the Australian Ambassador inspected a guard of honour which was drawn up for the occasion. The sense of ceremony was heightened by the presence of a military band which was playing in honour of the moment.
The Australians were giving the Khmer Republic these venerable twin-engine DC-3 transports. Known as 'workhorses of the sky', this type of 'plane has had an impressive history since it first appeared in the 1930's. The Ambassador took a look at the aircraft with the Khmer Vice-President, Mr. Tim Nguon. The two men discussed the future civil uses to which the DC-3s are to be put.
The Ambassador capped the ceremony by meeting one of the planes' future pilots.