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Old 20th Jul 2010, 12:36
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Pretty yes Wiz, but you would soon find you were not wanted.
Besides, what about your betrothed in Lajamanu, dat Hookers Creek?
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Old 20th Jul 2010, 19:15
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Rabaul was indeed one of the definite highlights for anyone who was there back in the day. Flew into there regularly from Hoskins with Talair and was based there for 6 months with PX, late 70's to mid 80's. The diving, the yachtie, the flying, the mangoes, all in a haze of SP, too many good memories to list. Flying highlight was always trying to do circuit inside the caldera wall for rwy 32 in an F28...

Saw some great photos years ago of some of the aircraft caught in the Matupit ash after the volcano.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 03:11
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Was based in Rabaul in the early 60's when TN used the Cosmo Hotel for crew accommodation... not the rooms straight off the bar... the crew had the dongas at the front. Lecherous Len was the Manager. No windows or locks on the TAA mess - great 10/10 Balls (dancing type that is!). The visiting cruise ships let their bands perform at the Yacht Club. Great days.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 04:15
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Strewth Tinny. I'm wanted everywhere I go. where you getting your info from.
As for Lajamanu....... I had to let her go when I heard you were knocking her sister and mother off. no way was I going to be related to you.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 16:40
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One of the many GREAT memories of PNG was 'manoeuvring' an F28 inside the harbour at '500 feet' for an approach.

One of the days they really didn't have to pay you to turn up to work.

As an aside - PNG Independence day is celebrated by a few of us at the Regatta Hotel on the Brisbane river on 16th September from 1400.

For those who either have a story about PNG - or just want to listen to a few about PNG you are welcome.
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Old 21st Jul 2010, 20:14
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Rabaul

Descol:

Good photo, it certainly brought back memories to me.

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Old 21st Jul 2010, 21:32
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Rabaul, ah yes...she was part German, Tolai, and Japanese, I called her Axis, lost on her but she had skills.....
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Old 22nd Jul 2010, 22:09
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Sounds like APNG's ATR isn't coming after all,although the PX ATR deal is looking quite positive from all accounts. For those ATR knockers,I think you will find the newer generation ATRs are a lot better than the older ones. It's like comparing the Dash 8 200 with a Dash 7.
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Old 23rd Jul 2010, 11:13
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Sounds like Hevilifts ATRs will arrive very soon
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Old 23rd Jul 2010, 23:56
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Thumbs up

Your correct there gee.

Any idea what model ATR 42s they are acquiring ?

I also heard a rumour that they are desperately seeking experienced (ATR or similiar rated) pilots to get the project up and running.

I really wish these guys all the best as they have some really good people in the organization, not to mention they run an extremely professional operation, certainly the best I've ever seen and in some cases better than some airlines.

Another big plus for Hevilft is that they won't run out of finance in a hurry whilst the MRDC has part ownership in the company.
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Old 24th Jul 2010, 07:00
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Over 10 years since I left. Png still in my blood a bit like herpes, alcohol and island girls. I see the pixie F28 at Nadi a couple of days per week and tempted to jump on it. What is going on in vanimo? van air still going? They got rid of p2-tsj? What's AOS (TS) doing these days? How did Richard Leahy pull up after his accident? What's happened to P2-KDT(?) that sat at nadzab for years and the red and white C180? At nadzab? Guts still drinking vodka and soda to keep slim? One of his ex drivers in nz once told me to get him a bottle so I got him Bombay sapphire...due to the puzzled look, I tried to explain (in my intoxicated state) that I thought he liked gin ;-)
Fond memories...one of the best doing pixie charters from vanimo to wewak in the van and staying at the windjammer with the waves breaking at the door.salamaua on the weekends living like kings, NCA compound on the weekends living like wild animals before and after planet rock (ape)
Damn I miss png!
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Old 24th Jul 2010, 12:57
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I met William Holden at the Ginjammer
"Call me Bill" he said....
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Old 24th Jul 2010, 23:29
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Off to Madang today. (No, I'm not going anywhere near the hissing tree)
Gotta be a better place to spend the week than Mosbi.
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Old 25th Jul 2010, 01:04
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I met William Holden at the Ginjammer
"Call me Bill" he said....
The actor William Holden was a share holder in the failed Wuvulu Island development.

The Trader was flying William Holden in from Wuvulu and a booking was made for him at the Windjammer (I think it was). The publican's name was ??? Kent and certainly indicated he knew of the famous William Holden.

On arrival the Publican met William Holden at Check In.

"Good to meet you" Mr kent said, "I own a car made by your company."

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Old 25th Jul 2010, 07:18
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Nostalgia

Troppo, I left in 1982, still haven't recovered, and pine for the delights you mention - they say the first thirty years are the worst.

Cheers, Bill
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 01:11
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Sir Brian Bell

Sad news again........Sir Brian Bell passed away in Brisbane on Sunday after a long illness.
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 01:29
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RIP Sir Brian Bell.

It was only up until a couple of months ago that you would see him at his store in Boroko.

Age catches up with us all. His legacy will go on for many more years to come in PNG.
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 23:32
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Milne Bay Air

Can anyone advise the fate of Aero Commander 680FL, P2-MBB ?
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Old 28th Jul 2010, 08:02
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Which DC3?

Many Lapuns on this forum have probably heard the story of an ex WW2 DC3 bought post hostilities in USA by an ex hump pilot and becoming the founding Cathay Pacific aircraft (VR-HDB aka Betsy); sold to WR Carpenter (Mandated Airlines?) in 1955 and flying for twenty years in PNG and then for BPA in Queensland before being repurchased in 1983 by Cathay for the Hongkong Museum of Science and Technologies, where afaik it resides to this day.

my question is does anyone know the callsign under which it flew in PNG?
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Old 28th Jul 2010, 08:44
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AussieO2,
There was a 680 Commander in a crate about 11 years ago in a yard at Erima, there is a hardware place on the site now. I think it's called JDJ Hardware or something. For those who know what I'm talking about the site was on the left just before the roundabout behind the old burnt out Big Roster building. I did ask someone at the aero club back then about it and I seem to recall that they said that Yorkie Mandozza (Spelling may be wrong, sorry Yorkie RIP) owned it at the time. Yorkie also passed away about 10 years ago so who knows. I was actually just wondering the other day where that airframe ended up.

I'm assuming it's the old P2-MBB airframe. Maybe Notty got hold of it before he was killed ??
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