Readers...One of my most treasured memorabilias of my flying days is none other than the "BUKU HARIAN PENERBANGAN PEMANDU" - BAT TU 3663. In the simplest term...Flying Log Book. It is an official document. This book has assisted me a lot in writing my articles. Well, it's a diary of sorts.
Whenever I have nothing to do, I'll browse through this recorded memory...a real nostalgia! So many of those whom I had flown before were no longer with us. However, some are still active in flying with aviation companies. Some are firmly rooted on the ground like me.
The one thing that I regret most is not taking photographs during my flying tour at both No 3 and No 10 Squadrons. I had a bulky Nikon SLR camera then. In fact, I was keen on photography and learnt to develop the film in the Base's 'dark room' while in Kuantan. How I wish I took the photographs of the first time a Galaxy aircraft landed at RMAF Butterworth delivering our first batch of F5E aircraft. I was then on detachment at the Base and we were asked to clear the runway for the aircraft to land. What an awesome sight to see the world's biggest transport aircraft then! Or Fort Tapong airstrip which was 'hand-built' by a platoon of Police Field Force, led by my friend, Mong Khon, now submerged under water with the construction of the Temenggor Dam. And the first exodus arrival of the 'boat people' at Pulau Perhentian Besar with the fall of 'Saigon'. I did take the photographs but the roll of film was lost.
I'm happy to note that a certain Commanding Officer of a Nuri Squadron has insisted that his aircrew record events of historical value. Keep it up. Well...having a blog is also a form of writing a diary.