When I was living in Cambodia (1992-98) I had the opportunity to visit a big workshop
of the Cambodian Railways, a few hundred yards away from Phnom Penh station.
It sheltered six wonderful old steam engines, absolutely complete and apparently
in good shape.
I had had the idea of proposing what has now been achieved by "Don Felipe".
I had another idea and proposed it to Diethelm Travel : to set up "flights"
of five scaled-down World War I biplane copies made in USA to fly in close formation
around the Angkor temples (not above) with wealthy tourists for an incredible aerial
visit, also aiming to prepare their "land visit".
My interlocutor at Diethelm found the idea absolutely fantastic but needed to have
the planes insured for commercial operations, which was - and still is - impossible,
for such aircraft belong to the "experimental" category.
HRH Prince-General Norodom Vatvani, at the time Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian
Air Force, expressed a real interest in my idea, as he backed my attempt (with other
expatriates) to re-create sport aviation in Cambodia, the full support of the powerful
Experimental Aircraft Association being already available. Prince Vatvani and Prince
Ranariddh had become EEA members too. Mr Hun Sen was to be called to become one too.
One day, maybe, my dream will come true.
Alain Henry de Frahan, Brussels, Belgium