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    Default MALAYSIA - Butterworth

    The East/West runway at Butterworth 1961 looking west with Penang Island looming in the background. Canberras of 2 Sqn RAAF and C47s of RNZAF.



    PS: the E/W Runway was not active. Formally the Japanese airstrip but post war resurfaced as a parking area.

    Here: http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=5.459....8&r=0&src=msl
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    Default Re: Butterworth, malaya

    Butterworth 1962 - East/West runway looking north of east showing visiting Valiant squadron.


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    A brisk walk beyond those white painted aircraft Peter and you could of snapped that lovely control tower!

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    Ive been here as well, 1997 exercise "flying fish", I remember seeing a kingfisher perched on a road sign. The exercise was a strange one I think I worked a grand total of 5 days in 3 weeks, not that Im complaining!

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    Default Re: Butterworth, malaya

    Quote Originally Posted by norwichpaul View Post
    A brisk walk beyond those white painted aircraft Peter and you could of snapped that lovely control tower!
    Ah. Hindsight is a wonderful thing Paul! On a Corporal Technicians pay colour film was to be used grudgingly with only 36 shots on a roll . I had the oppportunity to photograph may buildings but didn't; history didn't feature high on the agenda in those days. I have found one or two more shots with buildings in so I will put them up in this thread in due course since they may be of interest.

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    That tower is still in use but difficult to photograph now. I think the photographer (was it you Peter?) is standing on what is now part of the nine-hole golf course.

    I was last on Butterworth just two months ago having arranged a base visit for a visiting party of members from the RAF Butterworth & Penang Association. Basic layout is much the same but a few new build buildings around especially in the area just in front of the camera view point.

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    I never cease to be amazed at how tight military budgets can stretch to build golf courses on air bases or does it come out of the golfer's pockets!

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    Waiting at the lights to cross the main runway east to west 1962. Come on canberra, give us a green!


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    Visiting Aircraft Servicing Flight (VASF) parking area (empty) with civvy AIr India in background. Circa 1963, taken from the door of the Armoury building directly next door to RAF Stores (Supply). Facing just east of south about 170 degrees.

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    There is no way on earth that a golf course would be built from public funds. Senior officers have done some silly things in their time with public money but even they wouldnt be that stupid!

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