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A thread where ex PNG geriatrics lapuns and long longs can live in the dim distant past.

Where tall stories are accepted as fact.

War stories are applauded.

Grab a Brownie, pull up a story and join in a trip down memory lane!!!

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PNG Ples Bilong Tok Tok

Old 7th May 2015, 13:20
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Only discovered this site a few weeks ago.

Congratulations on establishing it.

I've replied to a number of earlier post and most have appeared but some haven't.

Is there a direct address for the moderator.

How do I create a new thread.


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Old 7th May 2015, 14:07
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Old 7th May 2015, 15:08
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woomera didn't start PNG, robroy did

It was his idea, w claimed it!

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Old 8th May 2015, 01:45
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First post 18 November 2004:

Someone suggested a thread where ex PNG geriatrics lapuns could live in the dim distant past.

Where ever ex PNG staff post in Dunnunda, the thread seems to get hijacked with ever more incredible and unbelievable stories, so a dedicated thread sounds like a good idea.

So, grab your SP Brownie and go for it...........

Lukim yu.........

Woomera was a Moderator at that time, now a lowly mere mortal!!!
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Old 14th May 2015, 09:41
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This thread has been an unbelievable flight through the history of aviation in PNG.

Several things;

1)Talair loss of ISG with Andy Parr on Hindeburg Wall or Mt Musaka?
Knew Andy and his family well. Was present at his cremation. His dad Ken passed away last years. Mum and sisters Leanda and Margot still with us.

Can anyone provide details of what happened, the search, recovery, the location. Is the location accessible to hump in with mates and have a few SP's in his memory.

2)have travelled 6 times to BNE to PNG,Kokoda, Kavieng,Hoskings. Not once has the domestic connection connected. Have been put up at Holiday Inn, Ela Beach, Grand Papua every time compliments of Pixie. Some of them with 15 in our group. Financially that's unsustainable.

3)last F100 into Hoskings Aussie pilot gave great commentary of hills mountains volcanoes and the sad demise and deforestation for Palm oil.

4)lastly like saying thanks to adigger on Anzac Day, thanks to the past and present who opened up PNG for us to enjoy (Tank u tru).
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Old 29th May 2015, 02:44
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This incident happened on 16 Jan 1979 and the Nomad was P2-012..just the angle of the shots that you can't see the insignia.
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Old 29th May 2015, 07:46
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ISG prang location 051400S 1412505E
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Old 29th May 2015, 10:24
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Andy Parr's crash site was visible clearly back in 1984. I flew over it at least a few times although it was not on any regular route to anywhere. It was only visible on those rare days when the weather was extremely good on the hills north of Tabubil. The terrain rises so quickly there no one would normally want to be there. How can anyone categorically say what happened. Another sad loss in PNG aviation. Trekking in there would be impossible.
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Old 30th May 2015, 04:06
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Peter was with PX with a DC3 command. I seem to remember some dissension with a senior executive as to seniority at the time.
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Old 30th May 2015, 06:58
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More images to follow.
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Old 30th May 2015, 07:21
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More to come
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Old 30th May 2015, 07:49
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Still more
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Old 30th May 2015, 08:26
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That's it. i'm off for a beer after uploading that lot.
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Old 30th May 2015, 09:12
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Whiskey Delta Lima, thank you for taking the time to post those pictures.

I have very similar photos of most of those places and memories of another generation of pilots, as I spent a couple of years flying the Morobe, Oro, Gulf and Central provinces 30 years later in the 90's. Hard to believe it is already 20 years ago as I am sure you find it hard to believe half a century has passed by since these were taken.

Blue skies,

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Old 30th May 2015, 11:07
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Excellent WDL
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Old 31st May 2015, 03:57
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Thanks for the memories. Took me back to 1962 and some familiar locations. Keep the photo's coming
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Old 31st May 2015, 06:24
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Great shots, my time was 1980 to 88 even so those images bring back grrrreeeeaaatttt memories. Rick
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Old 14th Jun 2015, 13:13
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Yes I did have a Falcon GT in Mendi mate but it was actually a GT Shaker Not a GTHO.

But you're right there was nowhere to drive it I only took it there because I was posted to Mendi by the Public Works Dept to work with the Army Engineering Unit who had come straight from Vietnam.

I had mates who were pilots in PNG including Mike Grant and Peter Arnold.

I remember we mounted a memorial plate in the Hagen Park Motel to Grouper I bet it is long gone now.

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Old 15th Jun 2015, 12:36
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Graham really has an outstanding collection of photos - and experiences. He is certainly one of the legends.


You could well be absolutely right about the Nadzab Nomad prang date. I just had a look at my logbook and see I last flew 012 at the end of September 78. Broke my leg trail bike riding near Boana the next week. Spent the next 8 weeks in plaster and crutches running the Squadron while the RAAF OC (mixed Army/RAAF personel) was in Melbourne getting the radar put in one of the other Nomads.

I was in Hong Kong on the date you indicate so would not have been there for the flurry of excitement. I am sure that I would have noticed we were short an aircraft and there was one on stands in the hangar when I came back - I have absolutely no memory of it - I think I must be losing the plot!

Next 012 flight was when I took it for a test flight (post-repair check?) on 20 July 79

Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 15th Jun 2015, 23:04
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Noticed on the AIC's website that MAF's C172 was written off at Hagen by a student a couple of years ago. Is MAF's flying school still operating?
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