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Old 5th Aug 2013, 12:06
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I once knew how to upload images......but have had a sleep since then, so better declare open house!
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this is not in new zealand or tasmania. more in the centre third of oz.


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Parafield, SA?
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Dora. indeed Parafield, Adelaide's Secondary airfield. you have the call.

btw thanks for the list of ex RAAF wartime strips in the south of WA.
some photo runs coming up when the weather improves.
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There was another airfield very close to this, so you'll need a little more than a one word place name:

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Military I assume.
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Parap/Darwin Civil Aerodrome.

Open House if correct.
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would it be that area between outer harbour and mutton cove conservation park? there looks to be the vestiges of a racetrack in the area of the right shape.


just found a name. Pelican Point?

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Fannie Bay, Darwin.
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i agree with john hill. fanny bay darwin.

dudley point drew a blank but east point got an obvious google map.

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Looks like India 24 beat me to it as Parap and Fannie Bay seem to be the same place?
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John,

Looking on Google Earth, I see that the "gaol" is still there and interestingly, the present day roads to the NW, including one called Hinkler Crescent, follow the old dispersal taxi-tracks. I guess Darwin Council wasn't going to look a gift-horse in the mouth, when they were laying out a new suburb in 1946.

The old main runway is now Ross Smith Avenue and the hangar is still there, opposite Qantas Park.

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dora can correct me but it isnt the civil aerodrome.
the one in his drawing no longer exists.
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The cigar goes to India Four Two! It is Darwin/Civil (sometimes referred to as Darwin/Parap), closed in the late 1940's. This was the original airfield at Darwin until the RAAF built Darwin/Winnellie (which is the current Darwin) just to the east. It was home to no less than three RAF (not RAAF) Spitfire squadrons in 1945!

Ross Smith Avenue is built over the longer runway, while the hangar survived into the 1970's.

India Four Ttwo has declared Open House....

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I went to Fannie Bay in 1969 and stayed in Fannie Bay for a couple of nights and I recall someone in the Fannie Bay hotel telling me that the airport used to be there.

Is it true the lights were still on and beer being served as that old wooden pub floated over the horizon during the Darwin hurricane?

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Another easy one...


P1010009 by aardvark_akubra, on Flickr
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First clue, the guy on the left "said" he was from the US State Department.
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Baghdad ?....
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could only be easy for the photographer

is that an antonov?

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Yes - it's the civil version of the An12.

edit - and the poster left the photographers' name on it!

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