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Old 21st Jan 2010, 10:48
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Thanks, I decided we could all do without the green man-kini photo.
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 16:04
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You blokes ' Dunnunda' are having fun with photos.
I see Funafuti there recently.
Prompted me to add these from my days living / working down there.
Maybe exaviator was the Driver of the 748 ?
See Funafuti sealed and unsealed.
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Old 21st Jan 2010, 21:49
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For some reason which has always eluded me, I have always liked the look of the 748.....best not to question it. They just look good.
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 07:23
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Funafuti

Descol...when was it sealed? Seem to recall going through there in the mid '70s it was still unsealed.

[like most of the airfields in use today around the Pacific it was built by the US and 7th AAF B-24 were based there. Japanese even raided it once and destroyed several B-24s]
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 08:01
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g'day

I think the Funafuti strip was sealed around 1993 - possibly using European funds. I remember thinking it was an opportunity lost that they did not construct drainage culverts and catchments in order to provide much needed water supply on the atoll. Also lost was the 'grass' playing fiels for soccer and vollyball.
See the Funafuti ladies plaing ball below.
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 18:26
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They still play football around the airport - in fact everything is taken down and shifted as we're about to arrive, and probably put back up as soon as the wheels have left the runway! I also have seen Tennis rackets and netball hoops lying around the edge of the runway - so I guess the seal is used for other sports now.
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Old 22nd Jan 2010, 23:21
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An easy one, if you are old enough.
What, where, when?
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 00:39
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DHC 1 Chipmunk- Royal Vic Aero Club. EH Holden dates it around 1964. Where?
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 02:51
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RVAC ops building just to the right of the photo.
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 10:39
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One for the FTDK...but where is it?

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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 11:44
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That would be a great project
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 15:17
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G'day Spike,

One too many http thingies in yer second piccy URL






Regards,
BH.

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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 21:49
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Thanks for fixing that. I'm new to the image posting thingy!
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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 22:52
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Proof (because I carried a camera) that I have been Blessed (sometimes !!?) - ONCE-) during my flying career. Exclusive shots (because the only other ones allowed were Papparrazzi travelling with him) that the hometown paper used for a centrespread. (They gave me a new roll of film)


more shots (!!??)
Popes visit to Solomon Islands 9 May 84 pictures by bird__photo - Photobucket

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Old 23rd Jan 2010, 23:27
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Found It

I think it is in Bruce Byrons garage ??
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Chartair hangar Alice Springs, she looks very sad.
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I think that's the one that made a number of very long flights around central Australia and eventually ran out of fuel about 200 metres short of the Alice Springs runway. It got bent a bit. (the airport fence I think) and the american owner decided to leave it here, but not before he got the cutters into the wiring and removed lots of instruments and radios. It would be interesting to know where it is now. Good to see it got fixed.
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Cosmo got it

In the Chartair hangar (previously Connair). It would be a good project to finish off. I wonder if the owner is open to offers and if so, what would be acceptable?
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Frigatebird - your shot of the popemobile reminds me of the time in the early 80's when whoever was pope then visited Canberra. I was pulled up by the plod at an intersection with the road to Canberra airport as the papal entourage was on its way to the airport. They drove past fairly fast but when the popemobile (the fully enclosed version) went by he was leaning back taking a drag on a smoke. As a tyke I used it as an argument to keep smoking myself.
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Flying over New Year's Eve and into 2010...

Driving down Vulcan st., toward my favourite part of town...

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....a fortuitous amount of security put in since last I was here *sigh* Won't be getting in here!

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Pass round the side, catch a glimpse of what they've been up to round here...

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Made it.

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Time to meet the bird...

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...and then, a fancy-schmancy warbird.

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Time to get out there!

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Flying up the coast for a looksee...

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...The 'Bay is a picture.

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And beyond...

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