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Old 2nd Jan 2011, 17:56
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P2-SBD

High 6, you are right, Air Niugini sourced their DC-3s from TAA "Sunbird" stocks (VH-SBD was one) and maybe even some Ansett examples, There must have been a transition period before they were reregistered as Alpha Novembers

Original pic from Grey family collection: My subject with P2-SBA behind

Here is a Dog Whistle for you..



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Old 8th Jan 2011, 19:22
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Lovely work there Sabre

I have been asked about a Bod Wills who supposedly was with TAL in '72 time.
I never heard of him anybody else?
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Old 9th Jan 2011, 07:28
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Vaguely remember a BOB Willis who joined Crowleys around that time after being with TAL.
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Old 9th Jan 2011, 19:59
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Still doesnt compute, there was no Bob Willis either.
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 08:14
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Bob Wills joined Air Niugini for a short time in the early 70s then left for either Ansett or East West.....seem to recall it may have been Ansett and he ended up flying Electras with the Wombat Squadron
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 08:27
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Ohhhh and Chuck..a dash 7 over Air Niugini Hill ..WoW that really must have rattled the crockery......I must confess to doing the F28 similarly on the way to some Base Training over DAUGO ..had to ground myself for a month ....but it was worth it ...I guess that was some years before your effort....werent many Chimbus Chuckling in my Era
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Old 10th Jan 2011, 08:45
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NO Bob Willis on the Electra
I remember a "Bangladesh" Bob. Last I saw of him was trying to fit his bum into a seat for Pauline Hansons One Nation party.
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Old 12th Jan 2011, 10:07
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Out of interest hows the weather up there?
In '74 with cyclones and floods in OZ, the weather was decidedly more shithouse than normal in PNG .
I wonder if the same is happening?
The WX in Darwhine this past week I reckon, is back on par with what it was in the early 80's
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Old 21st Jan 2011, 09:32
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One for the Tru-ly Lapuns

You had to be there in 1938 - 39
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Old 21st Jan 2011, 09:35
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One for the Tru-ly Lapuns

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Old 22nd Jan 2011, 02:12
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Bob Wills

There was a Bob Wills in TAL, but I think prior to 72 (I left in early 70) and recall doing route endorsing with him.
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 00:04
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50 Years Today

This is a selfish little post to mark the day, 23rd January,1961, that I stepped onto Jacksons' tarmac out of a TAA DC-6B. In starched shirt, shorts and long white socks - I was off to lift TPNGs' agriculture into the new age. Didn't quite work out that way, but I tried.

Home for a month was Ranuguri Hostel in Lawes Rd, just up the hill from DASF where we were 'indoctrinated'. The more important social education work was done in the Konedobu Club, which in those days occupied a prime waterside block. I distinctly remember the vile taste of SP, which, after being raised on XXXX, took some adjustment. Later in the 60's when I lived in POM, we used to buy our SP in pallet loads direct from the brewery, (anyone else do that?), and it was really cheap. I think we got it for about $8-$10 per carton. In '62 we were able to land VB cartons in Madang for 2 pound 10 shillings.

Back to the story though. After the intro course I went to the DASF Kerevat Research Station out of Rabaul for more agronomy work, then on to Mt Hagen, where I became the resident 'didiman' on Korn Farm Res. Stn. Many of you are familiar with the current Hagen airport at Kagamuga - Korn Farm is down the Minj road a few km from there. In about July 1961, I was one of many 'gang foremen' who oversaw the clearing of the airport site - which we burnt off in Sept 1961. There were more auli at that event than at any of the Shows!

Never thought I'd be flying over the country a few years later, but flying became a passion and where better to hone that, than in PNG?

Won't bore the long socks off you - just noting it as my '50th year since' and also to advise that, after 48 years in the saddle, I'm still a current G1 and enjoying my 'retirement job' of teaching the basics.

cheers, poteroo.
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 04:30
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looking for an old Navy buddy - Bill Moore

Barry,

I was a formation flight instructor and Hurricane Hunter in the Navy from 1968 to 1971. Bill Moore and I went through multi-engine training together in Corpus Christi. He was in the Typhoon Hunters while I was in the Hurricane Hunters in Jacksonville. I lost touch with him over the years.

Recently I have been trying to locate him, but there are just too many Bill Moores out there. I ran across this 2005 posting of yours that my Google search on "bill moore bush pilot minnesota" returned. The last place I knew Bill lived was Rochester, MN.

Was the Bill Moore in the list for your 2005 posting the Bill Moore I am looking for? If so, do you know how I can contact him?

Thanks,

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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 05:18
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Poteroo, did you know Nick Crawley? Knew him when he was didiman for BCL in mid '70s. His name came up in conversation a couple of weeks ago, believe he's still in contact with some ex-BCL people.
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 05:56
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DDMen. I remember the late Mark Fallon and Jim Wellwood from DASF Hagen in 60s.
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 07:24
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Wellwood and Fallon came up to TPNG in 1961 about the same time as I did - but I never shared a posting with them. They must have been in Hagen later in 60's when I was in POM.

Don't know Crawley.

TAL's crew in Hagen while I was there included Peter Hurst, and also Colin Hey was often there ex Goroka. Met Colin in the 90's when I began doing BFR's for the Beverley Soaring Society tuggies. A small world in GA.

happy days,
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 11:45
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Rich VanDeventer

Bill Moore was a pilot with Air Niugini but he was an Australian. One of the Air Niugini guys here may know his contact details.

Those who lived in the Eastern Highlands should remember Rick Giddings, Kiap and later Magistrate in Goroks. Rick and Lyn Giddings stayed on in PNG well after Independance; I think he retired in the early 1990s and now lives at Pontville in Tasmania.

Rick's daughter Lara was born in Goroka in 1972, went to Goroka International School (with my kids and many other Talair kids) and was something of a swimming champion.

Tomorrow, Lara Giddings will become the first woman Premier of Tasmania.
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Old 23rd Jan 2011, 18:20
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bill moore

Thanks. I will continue searching. Have a good day.
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Old 25th Jan 2011, 11:11
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my haus

I can see my haus in the PX Hill photo just being built up near the watertank on the outer edge.

Thanks!
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Old 25th Jan 2011, 11:46
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There you go Torres. Lara Giddings and family.
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