Been busy traveling as usual so I thought I'd report a few things before my next big write up. In Singapore, they celebrated their National Day on 9th August. They have been independent from Malaysia for the last 41 years. It was also significant that this was going to be the last time they were going to hold the multicultural show at the National Stadium. This stadium, built 33 years aso has hosted football matches, rock concerts and even the pope (as in The Pontiff). They are going to pull the old structure down (looked good to me even now) and build a new one with state of the art facilities. The evening highlight was multicultural dances, the military displays and lots of fantastic fireworks. The party continues till the weekend, with parades and events happening every day. I wish Singapore renewed success.
On the Aviation front, the next day was an aviation history day for Singapore. As reported in The Straits Times, Singapore's leading daily newspaper, "on August 10th 1959, a Qantas Boeing 707, the first of its type to land here, touched down at Singapore Airport (see my earlier article about Seletar Airport about locations of Airports in Singapore) two hours and eight minutes after landing in Bangkok. This is the fastest time recorded by any civil airliner on this route"
Our Aircraft are getting ready for delivery last week of this month and I will be posting pictures of that. They are getting new executive plush interiors and new paint including the Indian National Flag on the exterior. I have to head back for the US in a day to pick up one more for the fleet and bring it to Singapore for the same refurbishment work. There's more travel writing coming this way, watch this space and thanks to my readers for their kind support.