Aviation Photo #1169582 Bristol 175 Britannia C1 (253) - UK - Air Force

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Royal Air Force Britannia XM519, named 'Capella' (with undercarriage and flaps extended), overflies Laverton during the RAAF Air Display in 1965. This aircraft (Vulcan XH480 support aircraft) has a red kangaroo on the fuselage below the cockpit - previously applied when this aircraft visited RAAF Fairbairn, Canberra on 12Sep1965. (Another RAF aircraft a long way from home!) Ian S. Partridge (Current Chairman of the RAF Britannia Association) was aboard XM519 as an AEO when this photo was taken.
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    September 19, 1965
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8 years ago
I was a crew member - Air Electronics Operator - on XM519 on that particular Australia trip. I recall it especially because of our participation in the various air displays en route around Australia during Air Force Week. Our pilots used to enjoy carrying out manoeuvres in the display flypasts which we would never normally do while carrying passengers! The rest of us just held on to our seats!

For us it was a three week trip, totalling just under 100 hours. We were carrying support personnel and equipment for a Vulcan (something the Britannia force often did if Vulcans or others, such as Lightnings went further afield on detachments). Our routing took us first from our home base at Lyneham to Waddington to pick them all up. Then we routed: Akrotiri (Cyprus) - Bahrain - Gan (Maldives) - Tengah (Singapore) - Cocos Islands - Darwin - Canberra - RAAF Pearce - Avalon - Darwin - Cocos - Gan - Bahrain - Akrotiri - Waddington - Lyneham. I can't recall doing flypasts at Canberra, but we certainly did at Pearce and, of course at Laverton. We left Lyneham on 3 Sept and returned on 24 Sept. And we were always made very welcome by the RAAF - to whom a big thank you!

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