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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 10:23
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Airstrips PNG

Found a few more pictures in my own collection.
Which airstrip is being approached in this picture? If itīs too hard Iīll give you some easier ones later.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 10:29
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Madang - or because the message needs to be longer, Madang?
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 11:09
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Nope, sorry Chimbu Chuckles itīs not Madang As far as I can remember, there are some leftovers of a WWII aircraft wreck on that island...or could it be the next island?
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 13:51
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Its great to see a history is still told

My Father, yes Dennis Douglas was a great man on whom I believe got avaition out of a dark & glamor hole with Douglas Airways just as Sir Dennis Buchanan did with Talair. Though Im sure many other people did their‎ dash in doing the same...It's a shame though that Aviation in PNG hasnt been the same since both companies faded away. Helping the locals on whome needed transport to take their cargo to the markets or to just get from place to place. Lets hope PNG gains a future in Aviation & memories stay with us forever to tell our young, of the good old days!
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 16:36
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As far as I can remember, there are some leftovers of a WWII aircraft wreck on that island...or could it be the next island?
Yeah like THAT narrows it down
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 17:57
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Storch could it be Gizo? Seeing all that expanse of water reminds me of the Solair pilot being transfered from the "mainland" to the Gizo strip to start work when the boat lost power. He was a little concerned for an hour or two!!
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 21:47
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Sorry Animalclub, not Gizo either. I know itīs a nasty picture, but if I show you the other ones too soon, itīll be too easy.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 22:02
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Pinky, I Was having a few ales with GH over the last week. Seems Shaggs has many similar types of stories to tell. Assuming its the same GH that is.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 22:20
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Off Finschhafen Dregahafen just out from the school
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 22:22
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Good Ole Days....

DD,

I remember when you could get from Lae to Vanimo 6 days a week on Airlink in time for lunch. I also remember flying up to Goroka from Lae for a morning of meetings then back to Lae straight after a quick feed at the Bird.

Ahhh, the good old days....
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 22:29
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A quick feed at the bird would result in a quite different outcome these days. Bring your own dunny roll too.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 22:44
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Wizard, assuming you are talking about the GH who once flew F27s for PX ! If so he is a true gentleman, I hope you were drinking at the dero. Someone mentioned RR, that's not the engineer who once owned a C-185 is it ?

Alex, it wasn't that long ago when you could fly from LAE all the way through to VNO via all the major ports and return in the same day. PX tried a shorter version out of WWK and MAG a couple of years ago in the little Dash 8 100, then they decided to drop the whole lot when the loads picked up ?????
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 23:21
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The Bird

I eat at the Bird probably every 6 - 8 weeks, rarely had a bad meal....

It's either eat there, the chinese across the road or at the Pacific mess so you are not spoilt for choice.
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Old 23rd Jun 2010, 23:38
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For a real he man experience, try the Goroka lodge.
I had a super expensive meal at the Bird a little while ago and spent three days recovering from it.
Wahgi, I believe it could be the same Gentleman. Madang based now?. You are right, he is an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to talk too.
Yes, the Dero....then a few other places then back to the Dero....hic.... then somewhere....hic.
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 00:10
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Wiz, I flew on the PX service ex-MDG to Vanimo last year on the Dash-8, the -100 there and the -300 back, both absolutely full. It meant a leisurely drive to Madang and back but that was half the fun.

Never ate at the lodge but I do remember the missus getting crook as a dog one night at the bird.
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 05:54
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Airstrips PNG

Thatīs correct Night Beetle. Hereīs the complete approach, shot in June 1988. Hope you guys enjoy it. Chuck, your comment was .
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 06:51
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As I remember , the wreck was a P-38 , some on the beach but most of it just under the water ???.
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 07:32
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Hanoi and Storch

Did anyone ever see the P-38? The rumour goes a failure on takeoff and was put down on one of those islands.

We hunted all over for it,got cut to bits on the islands(feet)
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 08:54
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P 38 Dregerhafen

I canīt say if it was a P 38. In 1990 I was there visiting my parents and swam over to one of those islands (I canīt really remember which one it was) and I did find some wreckparts in the bush pretty close to the beach. There wasnīt much left, so I really canīt say what it was. I didnīt find any wreckparts in water though. But there also was some shipwreck there in the lagoon in about 30 feet of water. Through the lack of scuba diving equipment I could only look at it from the depth I could get down to with snorkeling equipment, which wasnīt really near enough.
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Old 24th Jun 2010, 09:21
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Geez SP were we based in Lae at the same time?

Given the GKP was crashed on Mt Otto by you know who my first month in Talair I guess those pics are 87ish?

Finchafen is burned in my memory as where P2-COI made a direct and premeditated attempt on my life in early 1989

I had forgotten how pretty it was - little wonder we would load up an aircraft with wives, kids, beer, food and a designated driver some Sundays and head out for a day at the beach.

Edit: Just noticed. You sure it was June 88? We were most assuredly both in Lae at the same time but my memory has GKP being crashed much earlier in 88. That looks like Richard Rowe doing the paperwork.

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