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RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

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RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by xkekeith » Wed Jan 08, 2020 7:41 am

Had seen this on a previous business trip to Jeddah and with the assistance of the driver from the local office was able to photograph it one lunchtime. It appeared to be destining to be displayed on a new roundabout but subsequently ended up on display at the Saqr al-Jazira Aviation Museum in Riyadh

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Re: RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by mustang5861 » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:03 am

Now that's a good way to start the day! Any idea what the Saqr al-Jazira Aviation Museum is like?

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Post by xkekeith » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:06 am

Never been to the Saqr al-Jazira Aviation Museum, after my time in Saudi but on line photo's suggest a large investment of money....
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Re: RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by Andy Marden » Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:38 am

Nice photo!
Was this the only C-54 operated by the Saudi Air Force?

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Post by paddyboy » Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:37 am

Nice shot, Keith :thumbs:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Post by xkekeith » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:30 am

Andy Marden wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:38 am
Nice photo!
Was this the only C-54 operated by the Saudi Air Force?
Believe they only operated one and it was transferred from Saudia Airlines.
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Post by Seahawk 11 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:24 pm

Very very nice,

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Post by BlueBoy67 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:54 pm

I went to the museum on a "team building" visit (my team, my choice :-) in 2014. Although the outside exhibits were looking a bit rough, due mostly to the climate, the ones inside were immaculate. As the museum as adjacent to the very large Riyadh airbase, we were followed around by security discretely whilst outside so that we didn't attempt to photograph any of the comings and goings on the adjacent runway.

Very interesting place, with a Saudia Tristar as one of three gate guards. Assume it must have been flown into the base then dismantled for the journey round the corner, otherwise it would have been carnage getting it there from the main airport!

Defintely worth a visit.

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Re: RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by ONEOFOUR » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:02 am

Hi,

I have been there a couple of times opening time are a bit erratic, 1st time family's only did not get in etc this is normal in Saudi! 2nd got in, I was ok for photos had to be careful though. They were curious when l was trying to find the con number on a unmarked T33 outside....l told them l used to fly them in the airforce!!!! They were happy with that. Two things any know where the con plate is on a T33? Secondly l have never flown a T33!

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Post by xkekeith » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:06 am

ONEOFOUR wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:02 am
Hi,

I have been there a couple of times opening time are a bit erratic, 1st time family's only did not get in etc this is normal in Saudi! 2nd got in, I was ok for photos had to be careful though. They were curious when l was trying to find the con number on a unmarked T33 outside....l told them l used to fly them in the airforce!!!! They were happy with that. Two things any know where the con plate is on a T33? Secondly l have never flown a T33!

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Re: RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by Andy Marden » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:11 pm

The plate can be found in the front cockpit.

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Post by fisherman » Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:35 pm

Very interesting Keith, I photographed her in terrible condition in the dessert back in 1981. When they closed the old Jeddah airport and airbase, I risked trying to get some pics of the aircraft dumped out in the middle of the airport. Your C-54A is seen in pic 6 and the underwing serial is in pic 16 in the link below along with lots of other aircraft. unfortunately just as I was about to photograph the A-26 Invaders a police patrol car was cruising along the newly constructed highway and I had to leave like real fast, you did not need to be caught photographing out there...
https://legendarymilavia.blogspot.com/2 ... craft.html

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Re: RSAF C-54A wftu Jeddah

Post by Andy Marden » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:41 pm

Wow, now that's a nice set from Jeddah!

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