Monday, February 4, 2019
"Flying the Hump"-- Part 4: It Was Weather Vs. Aircraft
It was always a battle between aircraft and weather conditions. While turbulence around mountains (the "mountain effect") is common, planes flying "the Hump" sometimes hit winds of hurricane velocity, which they were not built to withstand. Crew members could only hang on and hope the plane's wings didn't break off.
But, some did.
The winds were particularly vicious during monsoon season which ran July through September.
One veteran remembers: "You could drop a couple thousand feet very quickly."
The route was dangerous that the RAF would only send volunteers.