This Avro Shackleton of the South African Air Force was restored to flight in 1994. But it crashed later that year while transiting to the UK. The aircraft, SAAF 1716, call sign Pelican 16, was forced to make an emergency landing after suffering a double engine failure. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the aircraft was abandoned in the Sahara Desert. Sister aircraft ‘Pelican 22‘, owned by the South African Air Force Museum, is the only remaining airworthy Shackleton MR3 in the world.
After we were ambushed I did a follow up with 4 chaps we were picked up by a Puma...about 20 clics into Angola, tired and thirsty...we sat just like this with a cold fanta care of the crew....17/11/1979