|I was asked to do this by Kyle Kirby, Curator of the Hickory Aviation Museum, and Bob
Morgan a volunteer at the museum. Click on the links for more fascinating info about Bob
Morgan and of coarse the link for more info about the Hickory Aviation Museum
A 1/48 scale Trumpeter C-47B kit finished with Bare Metal foil and Metalizer. Markings
for the decals were drawn with Corel Draw X5 and printed on an ALPS printer. An
aftermarket cockpit set was installed. No interior detail was added, except for the small
area behind the flight deck, as the windows in the real aircraft had tan curtains covering
them. I used tan paper to mimic that. Wood base came from a commercially made aircraft
that was refinished, markings applied followed by numerous coats of Minwax clear gloss
acrylic and polished. Bob has a book on these aircraft that helped immensely getting the
SA-R-1 currently resides at the museum. There are plans to move it, in the near future,
where it will remain a tangible piece of history. More on that to follow.
|FDR met with King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud at the Great Bitter Lake (part of the Suez Canal)
aboard USS Quincy (CA-71) around February 14, 1945. The talks basically involved Jewish
immigration into Palestine and other issues including defense and of coarse….oil. Also in
attendance were King Farouk of Egypt and Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia!
Soon thereafter, he made a brand new Douglas C-47B a gift to the King. It was taken to
Glendale, Ca. where it was plushed out and modified to be worthy of the King. This took
some considerable time and it was finally delivered in August of 1946 to Riyadh or Jeddah.
Churchill also gave him a Rolls Royce. SA-R-1 was eventually given another compliment of
two additional C-47's as SA-R-2 and 3! The winning powers of WW II were keenly aware
of the oil riches in Saudi Arabia and were positioning themselves politically for the brave
Basically, it was here in the Great Bitter Lake that SA-R-1 came into existence aboard
USS Quincy (CA-71)!
|Origin of SA-R-1
|Bob flew King Ibn Saud in TWA C-47s prior to the arrival of the Royal aircraft while flying
with Aramco. His log books have him flying all three Royal aircraft until his departure from
the Middle East!
|Cargo door was modified for passenger use only as it was on the real aircraft.