MEMORIES OF WOOMERA
I was told about your site by an old
RAF comrade who I linked up again with via ' ServicePals.com' and
was pleasantly surprised by what I found.
I arrived at Woomera on 27th March
1958, my 23rd birthday, so I remember the date well!
Things that stick in my mind about
° The "road" to
Port Augusta, thick bulldust in summer, mud when it DID rain, and
rough as anything the rest of the time.
° The "lost"
Meteor following a failure in the control radio receiver,
tracked by radar on course for Port Augusta, which it
only failed to reach because it ran out of fuel a
few miles short!
° The first
Canberra pilotless test flight, which resulted in the aircraft stalling
when given a 'go-round' signal, finishing up as a pile of ash. All
filmed by an RAAF photographer off to the side of
the runway. I wonder where that film is now, it would be nice to see
that on the Web.
Canberra, where a 'blank' missile cut across the fuselage just below
the cockpit severing the controls. When a 'destroy' command was sent to
operate an actuator in the rear fuselage the plane
obediently put its nose down , then carried out 2 or 3 outside loops
before impacting the ground.
° The time that
a ground-to-air missile launched, but only released three of the four
boosters, giving an interesting display of cartwheels before it
finally hit the deck.
Those will do for now, I'm sure that
others will come to mind in time and I will find time to send them in.
Thanks for an interesting site, to you
and "Memories" contributors.
(23 March 2004)
Copyright © 2006 Mark T. Rigby
(Last updated: 18 February, 2006)