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We set off from Bahrain with the last three 208 Squadron Hunters on my second UK ferry. With us we had our clapped-
Tehran International was a classic example, and we had to make our own arrangements for getting on the ground safely. We remained on the ground for the minimum time possible, just refuelling and getting out of there sharpish before the authorities had time to find something to complain about. On ferries with just a pair of aircraft we had an elaborate start-
The takeoff from Teheran in the T7 was very sluggish and distinctly unpleasant: at one stage I was convinced we weren't going to get airborne before the end of the runway. The weather was crystal-
Because of the T7 we made a refuelling stop at Dyarbakir, a remote and primitive Turkish Air Force base in the mountains of Eastern Turkey. After the long trek from Bahrain we were already tired as we refuelled ready for departure to Cyprus: we had no intention of getting stuck there overnight.
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