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Sunday, May 12th 2019, 11:00am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

7 March Aden Airways Limited was formally established today as a wholly owned subsidiary of BOAC. It has taken over BOAC’s assets at Aden and scheduled operations will be flown across the Arabian and Gulf region and into Sudan. It has taken on six de Havilland DH.95 Flamingo Mk.II airliners. Additional capacity for Hajj flights will be handled by charters. 12 March The Ministry of Supply has contracted the Sterling Armaments Co. of Dagenham to produce 750,000 FN FAL semi-automatic rifles under l...

Sunday, May 12th 2019, 10:53am

Author: Hood

Preliminary Profile - Dornier Do35 Amphibian Flying Boat

Looks a handy little design, will give the Shorts Sealand some competition I'm sure.

Sunday, May 5th 2019, 11:23am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

15 March The Navy’s first purpose-built hydrographic survey ship was commissioned into service at a ceremony today. The Astrolabe is fully equipped with echo sounders and marine science laboratories and will be able to accommodate 25 scientists. The University of Antwerp has long campaigned for such a vessel and it is hoped that all Belgian universities will be able to access the Astrolabe to conduct oceanographic research.

Sunday, May 5th 2019, 11:22am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

6 March The cargo ship Fiducia ran aground at Whitby, Yorkshire in Britain today and was severely damaged. 14 March Some commentators in the aviation world have raised an eyebrow on the introduction of the first of six Lockheed Constellation L749 airliners into Royal Dutch Indian Airlines (KNILM) service for its longer international routes. Some have lamented that Fokker has taken its eye off the long-range airliner market since the mid-1930s but others have noted that KNILM is a frequent and sa...

Saturday, May 4th 2019, 12:35pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1949

14 March At a formal pier side ceremony attended by the Peruvian naval attaché, the Defence Minister Vice Almirante (ret). Juan Perez Benedicto Hood and Vice Almirante Torrez-Bucholz, the commander of the Carrier Squadron, the ex-Peruvian carrier was commissioned as ARA Almirante Brown. The vessel will join the Carrier Squadron as the main training carrier. It is believed the current training carrier, ARA Avispón, will be converted wholly to the amphibious transport role. The Lima was built as t...

Saturday, May 4th 2019, 12:34pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

British Infrastructure and Transport Projects in 1949 Motorway Programmes New Sections of Motorway opening this year (labelled by prospective Junction numbers): J5-6 Three Crutches - Medway Bridge section of the M2. J3-5 Mottingham – Sidcup section of the M20. M92 spur motorway for the planned Forth Road Bridge. Westgate - Claypit Lane Phase I of the A58(M) western section of the Leeds Inner Ring Road. J12-13 The Birches – Verners section of the M1 in Northern Ireland. New sections of Motorway b...

Friday, May 3rd 2019, 9:45am

Author: Hood

On the footsteps of the others

Dome some digging on the historical background. CanisD who started the whole Skull Island thing back in 1932 had the island placed west of the DEI: http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…37451#post37451 Kirk jokingly claimed it in the above linked thread but also mentioned he had claimed it here in a 1936 news post, but he wasn't sure if he had actually written a story to confirm that: http://wesworld.jk-clan.de/index.php?pag…63714#post63714 I certainly can't seem to find reference to a Dutch ...

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 4:00pm

Author: Hood

Ley Class

Delivered Q2/1949, built and paid by Great Britain as Defence Aid. Ley Class, Great Britain General Purpose Boat: Diving Tender/ Inshore Survey/ Local Patrol Craft laid down 1947 Displacement: 160 t light; 166 t standard; 181 t normal; 193 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 144.26 ft / 140.00 ft x 19.50 ft x 4.60 ft (normal load) 43.97 m / 42.67 m x 5.94 m x 1.40 m Armament: 2 - 1.57" / 40.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 2.00lbs / 0.91kg shells, 1941 Model Anti-aircraft guns i...

Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 3:52pm

Author: Hood

Ham Class Minesweepers

Six minesweepers, built and paid for by Great Britain as a Defence Aid gift, delivered in pairs Q2/1949 to Q4/1949. Ham Class, Great Britain Coastal Minesweeper laid down 1947 Displacement: 160 t light; 166 t standard; 181 t normal; 193 t full load Dimensions: Length overall / water x beam x draught 144.26 ft / 140.00 ft x 19.50 ft x 4.60 ft (normal load) 43.97 m / 42.67 m x 5.94 m x 1.40 m Armament: 2 - 1.57" / 40.0 mm guns (1x2 guns), 2.00lbs / 0.91kg shells, 1941 Model Anti-aircraft guns in d...

Sunday, April 21st 2019, 5:25pm

Author: Hood

Happy Eastern!

Happy Easter to everyone! Yes, its pretty warm in the UK too!

Friday, April 19th 2019, 12:42pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

27 February The Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) met for the first time today. The organisation has the implicit support of the British colonial administration and the central purpose of the MCA is to manage the specific social and welfare concerns of the Chinese populations as a means to reduce tensions with the Malay population. 28 February The Seaward Defence vessel HMS Sandys has commissioned with 2nd Seaward Defence Flotilla at Bermuda. 1 March Avro chief test pilot J.H. ‘Jimmy’ Orrell mad...

Sunday, April 14th 2019, 10:38am

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1949

1 March A severe storm has caused much damage in northern Europe and in particular on the Belgian coast. At Ukkel wind gusts up to 128km/h were recorded. The severe damage to the coast was partly caused by the exceptional wind blowing perpendicular to the coast and therefore increasing the flooding which has spread along almost the entire Belgian coast.

Sunday, April 14th 2019, 10:34am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1949

26 February The Youth Organisation Freedom and Democracy (Jongerenorganisatie Vrijheid en Democratie, JOVD) political youth organisation has been founded today. The JOVD cooperates with the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) but is a politically independent organisation. 1 March A severe storm has caused much damage in northern Europe and in particular on the Belgian and Dutch coasts. At Ukkel in Belgium wind gusts up to 128km/h were recorded. The severe damage to the coast was partl...

Tuesday, April 9th 2019, 9:47am

Author: Hood

Hey guys!

Hey, good to hear from you. Congrats on getting married!

Saturday, April 6th 2019, 10:26am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1949

20 February The Amiri Hospital officially opened today is a new general hospital located in the Kuwait City and is the first government owned hospital. It will replace the inadequate provision which relied on a missionary hospital and small clinics run by doctors in their own houses. The hospital is fully equipped for all medial requirements and has adult and children’s wards. 22 February Lieutenant Commander Roger Kenyon saw the small flotilla of ships in the sparkling waters of the Med. One of...

Thursday, April 4th 2019, 3:15pm

Author: Hood

Commuter Aircraft Trials

Argentina has no suitable types to offer. From Belgium, Renard offers the R.45. It has capability to operate from grass fields but is not a specialist STOL type. Crew: 3 Capacity: up to 48 passengers or cargo (has rear clamshell loading doors) Wingspan: 35.05 m (115 ft 0 in) Length: 24.99 m (82 ft 0 in) Height: 5.74 m (18 ft 10 in) Wing area: 111.48 m² (1,200 ft²) Empty weight: 16,047 kg (35,377 lb) Loaded weight: 23,814 kg (52,500 lb) Powerplant: two 2,375hp Minerva Condor II 24-cylinder radial...

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019, 2:51pm

Author: Hood

Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CAC-21 Wallaby

Around 1947 the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation began a design study for a regional airliner to replace older aircraft acquired by the airlines during the 1930s. The Wallaby is offered in a 17-15 seat airline version and a 6-7 seat Executive version. The design ethos was on reliability and rugged operation from small airstrips and the unit price of the Wallaby is £65,000. The first of two prototypes was first flown in September 1949 after a 1948 launch order for 20 from Trans Australian Airlin...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:47pm

Author: Hood

Royal New Zealand Air Force Order of Battle 1949

Northern Group, HQ Auckland 6 Sqn, RNZAF Station Auckland, CAC-18 Pelican MR.2 Naval Scouting Wing, RNZAF Station Auckland & HMZNS New Zealand, Auckland & Wellington, Vought OS2U3 Kingfisher Airship Scouting Group, RNZAF Station Auckland, HMNZS Southern Cross (BSG-10) & 24x CAC-35 Monarch AF.1 1 Sqn, RNZAF Station Whenuapai, Hawker Tempest FB.5A 2 Sqn, RNZAF Station Whenuapai, Hawker Tempest FB.5A 3 Sqn, RNZAF Station Ohakea, Bristol Buckingham B.1 5 Sqn, RNZAF Station Ohakea, DHC-2 Beaver C.1 &...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:44pm

Author: Hood

Royal Australian Naval Air Service Order of Battle 1949

Western Command, HQ Western Naval Air Group, HQ Gingin 3 Airship Reconnaissance Scout Group, RANAS Gingin, 10x Bimps Under Operational Command of RAAF No.7 Group 803 Sqn, RANAS Station Cocos Island, CAC-15 Pelican MR.1 Northern Command, HQ Darwin Northern Naval Air Group, HQ Darwin 2 Airship Battle Scout Group, RANAS Darwin, HMAS Aigaion (BSG-11), HMAS Kottos (BSG-12), HMAS Gyges (BSG-13); I Flight, K Flight & Y Flight 24x CAC-35 Monarch AF.1 each 2 Airship Reconnaissance Scout Group, RAAF Stati...

Tuesday, April 2nd 2019, 3:43pm

Author: Hood

Royal Australian Air Force Order of Battle 1949

Western Command, HQ Freemantle No.1 Group (covering Western Australia), HQ Learmouth 14 Sqn, RAAF Station Learmouth, Gloster S.44 Reaper NF.1 21 Sqn, RAAF Station Learmouth, AA-20 Woomera B.1 9 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, FA-51B Mustang II F.2 26 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, DHA-3 Drover C.1 34 Sqn, RAAF Station Pearce, BCAC Argus MR.1 3 Repair and Servicing Depot, RAAF Station Pearce No.7 Group (covering Cocos (Keeling) Islands), HQ RANAS Station Cocos Island 13 Sqn, RANAS Station Cocos Island, FA-5...