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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 00:43
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Of course, lapun PNG aviators may also recall a rather famous cowboy boot lost in the Huon Gulf by a legendary aviator during another forced swimming escapade some years ago.
The story was that he used it to kick out the windscreen to get out. No mean feat in a Baron if true.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 04:29
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So I've heard. And after the Bandit bon fire Junior exclaimed "Can't drown the B******. Can't burn the B******. Time to sack the B******"!

Think he then went to Solair.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 06:49
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Yep, the golf course was the better option, it was the turn back to attempt a landing on 14 that sealed the deal. Sadly a problem with low hour CPL’s building up time in difficult and unforgiving environment. The crash site was about 400m give or take a hundred or so shy of the Golf Course. The RFFS were considerate of damaging their emergency drive through gates and drove the long way around the airport to arrive at the scene sometime later.
That photo brings back memories of many hangovers in Lae.
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SPAC became the Lae Aero Club back in 78(?) after the original committee voted to close it down and an extra ordinary general meeting was called with a new committee was elected and resolved in continuing to operate as the Lae Aero Club. Never had an aircraft or an instructor but did have the bar, Oomi(?) (the barman) and an incredible clientele. Still have the membership badge No 1.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 11:01
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And after the Bandit bon fire Junior exclaimed "Can't drown the B******. Can't burn the B******. Time to sack the B******"!
He taught me a lot about flying in PNG (before he drowned, burnt and got sacked?) and I subsequently survived! Thanks MP.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 11:36
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Like many others I truly loved that part of the world. Missionary bush pilot channel on youtube brings back a lot of memories but latest avionics and no real loads or pax isn't how most of us cut our teeth
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Yes, I just found and downloaded the Missionary bush pilot videos - in particular the Hoskins area where I was Senior Base Pilot for two years in the mid 70's. The video quality is superb but as Troppo remarked - we couldn't afford slide film then or the distraction from surviving - physically and financially. Don't remember there being that much sunshine but delighted to stooge around and remember after 45 years.
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Old 3rd Oct 2020, 22:26
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Originally Posted by olderairhead View Post
SPAC became the Lae Aero Club back in 78(?) after the original committee voted to close it down and an extra ordinary general meeting was called with a new committee was elected and resolved in continuing to operate as the Lae Aero Club. Never had an aircraft or an instructor but did have the bar, Oomi(?) (the barman) and an incredible clientele. Still have the membership badge No 1.
was without doubt the best memories, members and club, anywhere, anytime. Won the end of week lottery there four times in a row. Got banned from buying tickets.
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Old 4th Oct 2020, 01:09
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SPAC did some training in the early to mid 70's and the CFI was D.A. if I recall correctly. The bloke who ran the bar then was the expat DCA groundsman. We decded to buy a half dozen swit moa BBQ chickens from a kongkong store and raffle them off on Friday nights which funded free bar food. They sold very well and the number of visitors increased rapidly to the extent that the bar was very crowded on a Friday night. Eventually the committee decided that we could still run the raffles but they would pocket the takings so we stopped selling them and donated any money we had in kitty to the childrens ward at ANGAU. The number of drinkers dropped off rapidly after that.
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Old 4th Oct 2020, 09:26
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Originally Posted by mendi63 View Post
The story was that he used it to kick out the windscreen to get out. No mean feat in a Baron if true.
I believe the boot was used to kick out the Bandit windscreen at POM, I think the door was used on the Baron to get him and the harbourmaster / pilot (ship) out
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Old 4th Oct 2020, 20:09
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You may well be right cac sabre as my memory is a little fuzzy after 40+ years. Having had the job of replacing windscreens in both these model aircraft it still was no mean feat as they are pretty tough.
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Looks like the co pilot window became the avenue to urgently egress the aircraft.....






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Old 16th Oct 2020, 07:25
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I remember this prang... I was living in POM and went to see the crash site. The cowboy boots did save the day!! had the pleasure of having a beer with the “legend“ at the Talair Reunion in the Sunshine Coast a few years ago. I recall MP giving me my C206 rating in Goroka in 1979 and then doing a quick hop over the Kawkaw gap to Nambaiyufa as my line check. All done, down to the Bird of Paradise for an SP.... Good memories!
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Old 17th Oct 2020, 22:08
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Anyone remember who was chief pilot for Crowleys in about 1970? My first day there consisted of a 10min cct in the old 205, then Lae - Telefolmin - Yellow R - Green R - Wewak - Lae. Quite an introduction.

Didn’t last long with Laurie, still got the wings somewhere. They were different days.
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From another perspective. I flew a RAAF VIP Convair 440 Metropolitan from Momote to Moresby in 1965. Our passenger was the Australian Minister for the Navy, Fred Chaney. Shortly after take off at Momote we heard via HF that a RAAF Caribou had crashed at Porgera and the two pilots were badly injured. It was being arranged they should be medevaced to Mt Hagen by Cessna 206 and then to hospital at Lae.

We were given approval to divert to Mt Hagen airport and pick up the injured pilots and take them to Brisbane where medical facilities were better than PNG. We landed at Mt Hagen which then was a brand new airport recently opened. I think the runway was about 5200 ft long.

While waiting on the tarmac for the medevac Cessna to arrive, we noticed a Baron take off only to return 15 minutes later after completing a weather recce. The pilot was taxying very fast on the way to the tarmac and narrowly missed our Convair, his wingtip just missing the tail of the Convair. It was extremely poor airmanshp by the pilot.
His name was Heli Schuchnigg - the senior base pilot of Talair at the time. He came across as a cocky character and was an Austrian pilot who migrated to Australia after the end of the war.

The Cessna turned up and we carefully loaded the two RAAF pilots on stretchers into the Convair. We were told to take them to Lae. The takeoff from Mt Hagen used the full length of the runway. It was the first time I had flown a Convair from a relatively high altitude airport. The performance charts we had for the Convair were US Air Force charts which did not have all the takeoff performance information apart from sea level figures and Mt Hagen had a density altitude of around 8000 ft. No wonder we used the full length before lift-off. We would have been in real trouble if we had lost an engine as there was no way the Convair could have climbed away on one engine.
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 05:17
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Crowley Chief Pilot 1970 would be Mac Drew early in the year, or Gordon Tait maybe later in the year. All top guys. Helly Tschushnigg was Manager Territory Airlines in Mt Hagen about that time Centaurus.
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Old 19th Oct 2020, 08:20
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Spelt Heli Tschuchnigg. Never went to work without a comb in his back pocket. Passed away some years ago in Brisbane from the side effects of diabetes.
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 01:12
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I have recently come across a copy of an old Black & White magazine dated April 1969 which I have scanned and may be of interest to ol man bilong taim bipo.
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Black and White April 1969.pdf (1.49 MB, 98 views)
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 19:55
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Tenk yu tru wantok. Ah! the good old days when long taim bipo 'PC' was ever heard of. We all survived, had a great time in the process but unfortunately we witnessed the country deteriorate before our eyes. No one will ever take the memories and experiences away and at least we can say........
We were there!
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Many many thanks for that. I was there in 1969 1970 wit P&T and it reminded me of what real life was. I remember the Saturday dances at the 4 mile and the loverly singer who unfortunately had had polio really brightened the place. I was a memberr of the Aeroclub at Jacksons though I could not afford to fly a lot. Thanks for the memories.
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