Flight 19.4.1957

C-130 visits Britain

On April 8 a Lockheed C-130 landed at Burtonwood after flying from the U.S.A. via Bermuda, the Azores and Evreux, France. The aircraft - one of the type which is to be standard equipment for all medium transport wings in the U.S.A.F. Tactical Air Command - brought mail for U.S. servicemen. It was announced in Wiesbaden on April 11 that "a fleet" of C-130s is to join the U.S.A.F. European Command.

Frozen mitts?

The two Canso amphibians which have been taking part in the aerial survey of Graham Land have now returned to their base at Oshawa, Ontario. Within six months they have been operating inside both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, and this is symbolised by a picture on the nose of one of the aircraft of a pengiun and a polar bear shaking hands.

Raid Amerigo Vespucci

The well-known Italian pilot and journalist, Maj. Maner Lualdi, is planning to make an air tour of America in June. He originally intended to fly in the Nardi F.N.333, but is now to use a Fiat G.49 powered by a Pratt and Whitney 650 h.p. engine. To be known as "Raid Amerigo Vespucci," the flight will cover 35,000 miles and involve crossings of the North Atlantic.

Garuda chooses Electra

It is reported that Garuda Indonesian Airways have ordered three Lockheed Electras, and are arranging financing through the U.S. Import Export Bank. Garuda thus become the fourth foreign airline to purchase Electras, the others being K.L.M., Braathens and Loftleidir. The order brings total Electra sales to 135. It is reported also that United Airlines' interest in the Electra is reviving.

Education with Profit

An action brought by the U.S. Government against the Boy Scout organization at Gastonia, North Carolina, alleging that they re-sold a Liberator sold to them by the Government for "instructional and non-flying purposes," has been withdrawn after counsel for the Boy Scouts contended that no re-sale restrictions were imposed. The Scouts bought the Liberator for $300 (£107) in 1947 they sold it to a North Carolina businessman in 1951 for $3,000 and after two more re-sales it was finally sold in Mexico - where it is reported to be flying again - for $50,000.


Source: Flight International