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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Three: Asia

Tuesday, November 20

Moulmein to Bangkok Sick in bed for a week. Beware of electric fans, open cars and air-cooled theatres when you are in the tropics. Moreover, those who know advise that it is easier to catch pneumonia in these regions than anywhere else in the world. However that may be, I celebrated our arrival in Bangkok by following George Dock's curative advice: "Take 14 handkerchiefs and go to bed!" - but in Bangkok, one goes to bed with a flit gun, and uses it without stint even after drawing the mosquito netting taut. The mosquitoes are unbelievably fierce, and malaria is not unknown . . . Eric Hoffman of Pratt and Whitney, and George Warren, a Curtiss-Wright representative, are both here and between them, the lay up has been rather pleasant. They have told me much about the Siamese air force, which apparently is one of the best, although there are only four airports in all Siam. Most of their equipment is American made.

The police boat at Tacheen volunteered to stand guard over the plane while we are here, but on the first night there was a pelting rainstorm and they had to seek shelter for a time. Apparently a collision occurred, because the following note was sent up next day:

"Message from Don Muang (Air Field) at
12:15 p.m

Just received news from Tachin that on
the 14th evening, storm prevailing.

A chinese boat storm driven drifted toward the mooring
plane and unfortunately its car happened to strike the
exhaust pipe of the engine and slightly dinted it.


Bob has gone down to see what damage is done, but apparently it is only an exhaust stack coupling which has already been repaired beautifully by the mechanics from Don Muang.

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