• Short Summary

    Despite international tension between Greece and Great Britain, English 'plane continue to use Athens airport as a regular stop for their international flights.

  • Description

    Despite international tension between Greece and Great Britain, English 'plane continue to use Athens airport as a regular stop for their international flights.

    And civilian airliners are not the only callers at the Greek airport.

    On Wednesday, July 24, four Percival Proctor training aircraft arrived an Athens to re-fuel before carrying on their long journey to the Sudan where they will form part of the new Sudanese air force.

    With their single engines and small tanks, the little aircraft are unable to make flights of any great distance and had to make three stops - at Crete, El Adam and Cairo - before arriving in Khartoum.

    Although flown by ex Baf pilots and of British construction, the quartet of training aircraft completed the long journey without incident - despite strong anti-British feeling in Crete and Cairo.

    The four 'planes were led jointly by Captain Burvill of Croydon, London, and Captain Awad Hallafala of the Sudanese Air Force.

    In Athens, the flyers were met by the Sudanese Ambassador to Greece, Mr. B.S.M.Baghir, who examined the 'planes while they refuelled and spoke to the pilots.

    Finally, looking small and frail alongside the bigger airliners, the four training aircraft took off to continue their journey and take their place in the young Sudanese Air Force.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9P9JKHOVES4GGCK3PTRQI1H7V
    Media URN:
    VLVA9P9JKHOVES4GGCK3PTRQI1H7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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