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Old 14th Oct 2013, 07:46
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Langley Park in Perth, Western Australia it is. This was in the days when Australian aircraft still had British registration marks, and this was my cunning plan to throw you all off the scent. It obviously didn't work.

This is what it looks like today.


I reckon it would get the prize for being the closest airfield to any city's central business district - about a 100m walk.
YHC.
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Old 14th Oct 2013, 07:51
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Dora has it I'm sure. Horrie Millers operation.
the current langley park is over the road and to the east of this location.
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Old 14th Oct 2013, 07:53
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terry, common mistake.
see the trees at the far left hand end of the park on the photo.
your challenge location was on the other side of those trees.

if that photo is the year I think it was. I was parked 1/3 rd in from the other end in a Cessna 150a.

the next year the insurances and over the top safety wanking caused the event cancellation. there were 6 americans putting their aircraft in containers to ship them over to be a part of the flyin. I just caught them in time to cancel an expensive wasted trip.

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Old 14th Oct 2013, 11:38
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This is from my visit to the fabulous (and unique) Langley Park Fly-in:



When Australia got its own civil registration prefix ("VH"), the existing registrations in the G-AU** range were altered by changing the first three characters to VH-U**.

And now, another former RAAF airfield (this one is easy!):

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Old 14th Oct 2013, 13:42
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I think that is Bundaberg, Queensland where you have cleverly concealed the eastern end of the grass strip by putting a pile of spectators and a bit of tailplane over it.

Does one have to have flown into Langley Park to play this game?
If so, I was there too, up at the end with the faster aircraft.
It was a great fly-in, even if a lot of us took several days flying across Australia to get there.

dubbleyew eight:
Yeah. I was told that it wasn't the exact original location, but it was very close by.
In fact, I was also told that the present strip is reclaimed land, so it would have been all water when the original photo was taken.
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Old 14th Oct 2013, 19:46
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Yes it is Bundaberg Terry, over to you....

Does anyone know the history of Building 161 at Bundaberg? It's an impressive timber framed hangar with adjoining workshops, the locals are adamant it was "constructed by the Americans". While the structure is similar to other US-built hangars in Queensland that I've seen, the RAAF occupied Bundaberg in early 1941 and started building a plethora of Bellman hangars then, so why would the Americans have built this?



My attendance at Langley Park was nowhere near as impressive an effort as yours - having jetted in from overseas, I flew a friend's Cessna 180 from Jandaklot (virtually the shortest distance possible). The Danish AF marked Chippie belongs to another friend.

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Old 14th Oct 2013, 22:08
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Nothing good at hand right now, so Open House.

Dora-9:
I haven't seen any references to American forces based in Bunderberg, so it seems unlikely that they built your hangar.
However, I have seen references to wood truss hangars made to American designs built by the RAAF at Tocumwal and Werribee during WW2. Maybe this is also the case with your hangar and could explain the American connection in the story.

Is the inside of yours the same as either of these?
Section of a 29. 3 m (96') span hangar at Werribee, Victoria


Section of the 39. 6 m (130') span hangar at Werribee, Victoria

Timber Building in Australia

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Old 16th Oct 2013, 20:44
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Terry Dactil has kindly posted OH, and it's been a while since I strolled this particular PPRuNe boardwalk, so I'd thought I may suggest the next offering:

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Old 16th Oct 2013, 23:17
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Brodhead, Wisconsin

C2j

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Old 17th Oct 2013, 11:54
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Correct, C2j.

Some very interesting toys to be seen in the hangars on the left.

YHC

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Old 18th Oct 2013, 02:21
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Defeatring Google Image is easy when you use your own pictures. Now for something completely different.

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Old 18th Oct 2013, 07:05
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Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport ?
  • The Ba146 with the eagle on the tail is PK-OSP of Metro TV in Indonesia.
  • The F-28s painted with tropical flowers are Garuda Citylink aircraft.
  • The smoke reducing visibility is from the "burn the forest" season which occurs every year in Indonesia, so I reckon it has to be somewhere in Indonesia.
  • The twin tailed aircraft with droopy noses could be Su-27 or Su-30, and the Indonesian airforce operate both those types as well as F-16s
  • Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport is both civil and miliatary, and that looks like the old tower which was painted red and white at varios times.
I couldn't find the flagpoles, though
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Old 18th Oct 2013, 10:06
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Not WAAA.

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Old 19th Oct 2013, 16:37
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Didn't realize that the inability to "google search" was such an impediment to the game. LOL !!

I've looked and I don't have any "aerials" of the airport from my time flying out of there. International airport / serves capital / joint GA and military.

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Old 19th Oct 2013, 22:11
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Halim Perdanakusuma International

OH if correct.
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Old 19th Oct 2013, 22:51
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That could be it, as it ticks all the boxes for
International airport / serves capital / joint GA and military
I gave it a miss because all the control tower photos I could find did not match colour or pattern, or have flagpoles nearby.
Maybe it was painted recently.

I had been searching all the Garuda Citylink destination airports on google earth looking for a control tower match.
Only had 18 still to go
Bit of a waste of time really, when a major clue is not valid.

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Old 20th Oct 2013, 00:37
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WIIH - Bandar Udara Halim Perdanakusuma is correct. Pictures taken in April/May 2005. There was a retirement ceremony going on for the (former) head of the Air Force (TNI-AU). C-130's, F-5's, Hawks, F-16's and SU-30's all participated in the fly overs with about 2.5 miles visibility in smoke/haze.

Open House has been declaired.

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Old 20th Oct 2013, 01:53
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Great challenge, C2j.

I completely discounted Halim in my search, because during my time in Jakarta, I never saw any military jets. The rumour was that the Army distrusted the Air Force so much that they wouldn't allow attack aircraft to be based within range of Jakarta!

about 2.5 miles visibility in smoke/haze.
Practically CAVOK in Jakarta
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Old 21st Oct 2013, 23:50
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Well, as no one else has a challenge, let's go somewhere else!
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Old 22nd Oct 2013, 05:12
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Not much of a dewpoint spread on that day!

Somewhere in Eastern Europe or the Balkans?
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