The following photographs have been kindly provided by Ian Green who arrived on Christmas Island, Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati, in November, 1956. Ian Green was involved in building workshops and offices on the Royal Air Force Technical Site, unpacking equipment, and generally preparing for the arrival of the Valiant, Canberra, Shackleton, and DC4 (Dakota) squadrons.

A long way to the beach, a small sailing boat used for leisure time

Now she is sailing

A squall over the domestic site

Same squall over the domestic site

Ian Green's frontdoor stoop with anti-land crab board

Lengthening shadows, the day's work done

A double-exposed Qantas Constellation

A single-exposed Qantas Constellation, 6th November 1957

Still raining over the domestic site

Photos: Courtesy of Ian Green

Christmas Island Photo Gallery 2

Christmas Island Photograph


For the aircraft enthusiasts, Gatwick Aviation Museum in England, has a unique collection of British aircraft from the "golden age" of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970s British aircraft designers produced some of the most innovative and advanced aircraft of the day. In this collection, there are examples from the major manufacturers of this period. Amongst the list are classic names, English Electric, Avro, de Havilland, Hawker, Fairey, Blackburn and Percival.

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