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Sek Kong 367 huts and water tank a

Sek Kong 367 huts and water tank a

The R.A.F.'s Nissen huts at Sek Kong were on the North side of the runway at the Eastern end of the runway.  Is that an Auster plane about to take off?  (Andrew S)

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Friday, January 1, 1960


Yes, it is an Auxiliary Air Force Auster aircraft.

The late Ken Sly, who was Officer Commanding the outpost at Battys on the Peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and who had been a Lancaster pilot during the war, and an R.A.F. flying instructor in post war years, once told me that he often used one of the Austers to keep up his and other officers' flying hours - and the pay that went with it. When the new reclaimed runway was nearing completion in 1957/8, he carried out, 'take off and landing' trials to determine safe 'routes' onto and off the new runway.  (Andrew S)