Montag, 29. Oktober 2007

Royal Air Lao Caravelle III XW-PNH

Vientiane, October 1975 (Propfreak Collection - taken by P.A. Petit)

Caravelle III with c/n 83 was built in 1961 and delivered to Air France christened "Bourbonnaie". Already in the same year she was leased to Air Liban for 6 months before returning to Air France as F-BGKZ newly named "Comte de Foix". In 1974 she was leased to Royal Air Lao to operate flights within Southeast Asia but was also used for the UN Hight Commissioner for Refugees (during this time the picture was taken, right after a torrential rainshower seems to have past the field minutes ago). Returned to Air France by the end of 1975 she plied again the Asian skies but on August 28th, 1976 she was damaged beyond repair in a bomb explosion at Saigon, Vietnam.