ARABIAN GOLD

Colin Cove details the history of Saudi Arabia’s Dhahran Airport and the aircraft that could be seen there between 1969-71

In the spring of 1969, the author donned his shorts and sandals and flew to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for a two-year contract with Airwork Services – to help maintain the then newly arrived BAC Lightning F.53/T.55 purchased by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The searing temperatures on the flight line would frequently hit 45°C (113°F) and above, which made for an often-uncomfortable working environment.

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