had decided that the hangar needed a bit of tidying-up, so an
accumulation of junk (soiled cotton-waste, empty drums and cans,
discarded bits and pieces of aeroplane) were piled up on the back
of the old blitz wagon and driven off to the rubbish dump by Bill
Chambers (?). Either by mischance or design, their return trip
with Cec Mohr (?) riding on the back armed with a broom, was not
via the perimeter road but more or less directly across the drome
(remember what security was like back in the 50s - what security?).
Anyway, their track meandered across the hardstanding at the international
terminal where a military guard of honour was either awaiting
the arrival of the PanAm flight or was actually engaged in honouring
the visiting dignitary emerging from the Stratocruiser, and as
they passed through Cec executed a precision "present arms"
with the broom! Must have been pretty comical, but the local bigwigs
would have had to at least appear to be outraged, and presumably
Jack would have eventually copped a bit of a rocket. Hope that
some other Adastrian has a clearer memory of the incident, or
at least can confirm that it really happened!
23rd May 2004