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Old 2nd Aug 2013, 21:25
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W8:

I thought you were supposed to await the poster's confirmation before posting your own? So although I should have "the con", I declare Open House.

My posting was Maylands WA, closed in 1962, although the Royal Aero Club of WA moved out in 1960 (I started learning to fly with them at Perth Airport - Guildford - in 1961, so I just missed out). Speaking of the RAC of WA and Maylands:.



There's a connection here with your Forrest entry (LFH, it's named after Sir John Forrest, explorer and at one stage Premier of WA, not the environment it's in) - the hangar and guest house at Forrest were built by West Australian Airways in the 1930's for the overnight stop in their Perth - Adelaide service (flown with HP Hercules). Now WA Airways were taken over by Australian National Airlines, note the evidence of their previous ownership of the Maylands hangar...
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sorry Dora I waited and I waited.
there was something about the way the street pattern was truncated at the river edge so I searched google images to see what Maylands actually looked like and found your exact photo.

so good to hear from the poms again :-)
I was beginning to thing you guys thought the blue stuff carcinogenic.

Yes Forrest Airfield, one of the most strategically important airfields in the country.
From Kalgoorlie you fly out about 50 miles and pick up the trans continental railway and follow it 300 nautical miles to Forrest. everyone does it.

Dont ever fly from Ceduna and think that you will just intercept the railway and follow it back into Forrest. The ballast used on the rail to the east of Forrest is the same colour as the surrounding ground and it is ever so easy to fly right past the railway line without ever seeing it. There has already been one fatality of a guy missing the railway and running out of fuel in the simpson desert.

as dora says "open house"

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the penalty for being slow...

this airfield is in western australia
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Oh grrr W8!

It's at S28 41 31 E117 45 48, just west of the Great Northern Highway between Mt Magnet and Payne's Find, but I'm damned if I can find a name!
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Dora you old sausage you've got it.
when I looked at the shot after returning home on that flight I identified it from the erc-low as the Nalbarra mine site.

since the poms are still in paralysis at the blue stuff (it isnt photoshopped guys it is real!) you have the call.

(just to nark the poms a bit more. when the nipper and I were in england for his medical we were in fits watching the weather on the telly. blue sky is such a rare thing for the poms that they actually plot where it is and where it moves across the country. )

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W8 - I didn't think of the ERC-Low, but there's nothing on the current WAC chart.

OK, here's one:

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the old chewing gum field Queensland?

there is just something about those gum trees in the background that tweaks a memory.
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Not Chewing Gum Field. The clue is in the construction of the hangar....
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well AML is owned by the RAAF Museum, RAAF Williams Point Cook so maybe some hangar at Point Cook?

I've never seen a RAAF hangar in masonry.
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Busselton?

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Well done BSD! It is indeed Busselton, WA, now being rapidly encroached by suburbia...

It was one of a whole series of coastal airfields developed by the RAAF as part of their 1940 expansion program. However, the concrete block (blast proof?) hangar construction is unique, only seen at Busselton or Bairnsdale Vic.

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I've only ever seen and flown out of the new airstrip at Busselton.
where are these old hangars? they must be in part of the town I haven't seen.
or they've been demolished.
intriguing!
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Wow! Didn't really expect to get that one. Firstly "Open House" - just checked the list, my nearest-to-hand photo is on the list and has been done already.

Recognized the plane and then remembered that hangar to be honest, landed there on 10/12/1975 -firespotting for Airwork Australia who had the Forests Dept. contract to operate the fire spotting in WA, then in it's infancy; It was my first flying job.

Whilst waiting for the call to get airborne again, wandered into that hangar to find the Dragon in the photo and a vintage Bonanza. The Dragon was wonderful, like stepping into a timewarp to find it there. Pretty sure it went up to Jandakot a couple of years later.

I understood the strip had indeed been built by the RAAF and was used in the war as a training base for Lockheed Hudsons.

Just looked at Google Earth, boy I see what you mean by encroachment; in 1975, there was NOTHING there. Nearby was a farm strip and a wonderful old character who flew an unlicensed, unregistered Cessna. He proudly told me he didn't have a licence, had only had rudimentary lesson himself but nonetheless flew all over the South West of WA. Carried out all the servicing himself. After all, he said, if you can look after a Caterpillar D9, a Cessna is easy!

Happy days! Loving the WA theme to these latest "Which aerodrome" pics.

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two hints. not in Western Australia and not on the main island of New Zealand.

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BSD and W8:

Traces of the airfield do remain, and the southern half of the field is fairly obvious at S33 40 20 E15 19 58. It comprised a N/S and an E/W sealed strips, plus a NW/SE grassed strip:



The hangarettes were more like blast pens with a roof and doors, the internal wall arrangement is apparent in the lower (roofless) example. The upper hangar is where the DH84 is standing in my photo:



It's 45 years since I last flew there, when only the N/S strip was useable - the rest was fenced off. There was an additional hangar (possibly two) in the heavily treed area NE of the plantation. The camp site was west of the N/S runway alongside the road. There was a dispersal taxiway to the north leading to half a dozen earth walled revetments - all bush then, someone's back yard now!

The airfield was built in 1940 and used mainly as a staging base for 14 Squadron from Pearce, who flew maritime reconnaissance patrols in Ansons/Hudsons/Beauforts.
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Dora next sunny day and I may just take myself for a photo run.

anyway back into it, there is a photer posted....
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W8 - PM sent....
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just to tickle along the current challenge.
the airfield was in New South Wales.
the shot was taken by the passenger of a friend of mine a few years ago as he turned finals.
the colours arent photoshopped but are so different from what you would normally see that I asked for a copy of the shot.

word 10 is a better clue than you deserve
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Hoxton Park, sadly now closed.
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Chimbu. spot on the mark. you have the next post.






chimbu you host them on a site like photo bucket then use the image icon in the edit window to post the link.

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