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Old 16th Sep 2010, 15:24
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P2-ART, I have a name listed as Graham Weir (unsure of correct spelling)

Spelling is correct and he owned ART.

He was a Qantas cadet who got told to go occupy himself for a year or 2 when QF had a surplus of cadets. He joined ATC and was in Hagen with me in the mid 70's. ART crashed whilst being ferried south.

Last I heard he was check and training with QF.
He also teamed up with Tony Karras and flew choppers in PNG for a while.... and pranged (ground looped) P2-BOX in Hagen.
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Old 16th Sep 2010, 21:32
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35th Anniversary of PNG Independence.

Pity the place is still as it was on the 1st day 35 years ago.


7mile.
If it was still the same we would all still be there.
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Old 18th Sep 2010, 01:51
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Pity the place is still as it was on the 1st day 35 years ago.
I'm with Tinny on this. The place is certainly MUCH different to the way it was at Independence, though certainly not for the better, more's the pity.
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Old 20th Sep 2010, 01:56
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Abandoned aircraft in PNG

There must be a fair few 'abandoned/wrecked' P2 registered aircraft lying around in PNG. Care to report on any?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 05:01
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P2 Pitts

Chimbu Warrior, was that Australian or PNG trees? check you PM.
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 06:14
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PNG trees as I recall.
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 06:28
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What about the trislander airframes that sat outside the dero 10 years ago?
What about the PA31 that southwest air had as an air ambo?
I remember seeing P2-COI departing nadzab on her last flight and commenting that it looked like a heavy piece of shut (kiwi accent).what happened to Mac Lee's 185, 206 and PA31. What about RH's 206 and PA31?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 07:02
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What about the PA31 that southwest air had as an air ambo?
That should be Airwest. (Fred Martens) - South West Air has never owned or operated a PA31.

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Old 21st Sep 2010, 20:11
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Quite a few Nippon registered left behind
Anybody know if there are copies online of the bombng photos that were in the Wewak hotel for years?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 21:27
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PA-31 AMBO and others

I have P2-AWF listed as ambo, to VH-AFW in 2004. Other PA-31's on P2, -
NGM, cr Porgera/Karik, BDL to VH-BDN, CXL to VH-RCV, NTT to VH-ODJ, RHA to VH-NMK, SAS to VH-MYX, TED to VH-STO. All accounted for, so obviously I am 'missing' the one in question ? Any further info ?
Troppo - P2-COI, last flight - to where ? (Cessna 402B). If you can quote some registrations, I may be able to advise their fate to answer your questions. TRISLANDERS, DNP went back to VH-BSP, DNX went to VH-MRJ, DNN was withdrawn from use 20.07.1995, think last operator was MapMakers ?
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Old 21st Sep 2010, 22:04
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tinipis should be a few interesting ones here David Pennefathers main page
just finished a job last tour with the US military digging up 3 wrecks near Madang a B25, P47, and a P38 pretty cool seeing these planes after all these years and hearing the stories behind the crashes
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 01:55
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Dive Wreck At Rabaul

There is a Piper Aztec as a dive wreck in 12m of water off Matalau Beach, Rabaul. Anyone know the i/d of this Aztec ? (P2-AVR had an accident there and P2-TGP was also based there, I think ?)
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 05:41
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P2-AVR (ex AVIS rent-a-plane) crashed 32 nm wsw of Rabaul on the western side of the Bainings range, blew the stb inboard fuel tank at 8,500 feet and went vertically into a ravine, causing a landslide which covered the wreckage - the pilot was Jim Lockyer. He'd made his 30 mile on descent call to Rabaul FS, probably crossing the coast. They found the site with a brief squeak of the VSB signal - May 1975.

It was one of those rare clear still days in PNG when you could 'see forever'. I was inbound from Witu to Hoskins late afternoon, could see the thin column of smoke but never realised, didn't believe the connection.

It was the first fatality for Crowley Airways, apart from the 'Ronald Biggs' aztec which disappeared out of Lae. The aztecs used by Crowley's were AVB, UNK, PAY, CSA. Perhaps others. Crowleys became PANGA Airways shortly after that and part of TALAIR a year later.
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 06:07
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When I was based in Rabaul, an electrician named Mike Waller had an Aztec, and I have a feeling it might have been TGP. It never flew in the 2 years I was there, and looked like an ideal candidate to become a submarine.
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 20:11
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What about P2-GTZ the German Development P68. Is that still there?
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 20:49
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Theres a Baron in 6000 fathoms of water just off Lae
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 21:47
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GTZ

GTZ was at Cairns in mid 2005 and still there as at Aug 2007, rudder missing etc, don't know if it is still around though.
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Old 22nd Sep 2010, 22:05
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Theres a Baron in 6000 fathoms of water just off Lae
Yes, but only 1 boot went with it.

Check your PM.
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Old 26th Sep 2010, 04:29
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*bump*
One of the things I have never seen discussed is Souther Air Transport in PNG. My first day in POM I sat at the Fetcher Morobe office and watched a VHS (I'm getting old) about SAT in PNG and their L-382's. Any stories?
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Old 26th Sep 2010, 05:21
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Yeah...they used to buzz the Lae Yachty in the dark...VERY low...they stopped after hitting a Flying Fox one night that did some fairly expensive damage.

Good bunch of guys - I went for a jolly with them once to Lake Kutubu and they let me fly the L382 from the LHS..nice balus.
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