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Old 27th Apr 2011, 19:01
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MFU at Mount Hagen PNG

Received this photo of MFU in 1985 from Alan Roberts (MAF Pilot) with the aircraft parked at Mount Hagen. This would have been getting towards the end of the C185 era with MAF, when MFU was sold to Brian Bromley at Bensbach Lodge in 1987.

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Old 28th Apr 2011, 21:29
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MFU at Wapenamanda PNG

Gee, you guy's are sure giving me an education in PNG.

This picture is taken at Wapenamanda, Enga Province at a MAF Conference, where all their local aircraft fleet attended. There is a lot of detail in this picture when zoomed in & variety of aircraft. Facinating.

This photo was taken by MAF pilot Alan Roberts who flew MFU between March-Sept 1976.

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Old 30th Apr 2011, 08:45
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MFU at Port Moresby

MFU parked at Port Moresby (?).
This colour scheme was applied from 8 August 1984, according to a log book entry. Does anyone have a photo of her when operating with Bensbach Laodge ?

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Old 30th Apr 2011, 09:54
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Yes Moresby - parked next to one of the Obscene Airways fleet - P2-COC/TIT and BUM.

It was the same colour scheme when Brian had it...I wouldn't be surprised if that pic was taken when Brian owned MFU.
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 12:07
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Bensbach

Chimbu,
Brian is gone right, but he has a son or family still in Cairns (?) did I see in one of these Post's.

Would you or anyone know where to get in touch with them ref their era with MFU. You could send any info to [email protected]
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Old 1st May 2011, 22:36
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MFU at Bunapas

Ron Kingsley, one of the MAF pilot's in PNG sent me this picture of MFU with it's load of Sak Sak and other at Bunapas, a strip next to the Ramu River in the Madang Province. Notice the VH rego, so this would mean that the 185 was fairly new at this stage, some where after 1972.


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Old 1st Nov 2011, 23:48
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MFU update

MFU is now standing up on it's legs again. Will have some new pictures soon. I incorporated the Pplonk beef up kit as well.

Interior fuselage is all complete and back in primer and exterior skins all repaired.

Large box of components arrived recently from USA, I now have most items to get started. Cowls are available to pick up this month also.
Probably see a lot done in 2012, incl wings will be in a jig early in year.

Still getting contact with some of the boy's who flew her in PNG with MAF.
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Old 14th Nov 2011, 22:05
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More pictures of MFU in PNG approx 1985.

Have been in touch with the Macarthur family. They obtained some pictures of MFU from one of MFU's pilot's Macarthur Job (not related). These pictures cover the period when the 185 changed hands from MAF to Brian Bromley's Bensbach Lodge (Tonga Trading).

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Old 14th Nov 2011, 22:22
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Take my hat off to the MAF boys!
Thats quite a load of fare$ hes got there.
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 00:36
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Ah Tinny,that made me laugh !!!

OK,no hi vis vests,ASICs,or animal restraint

And the kid with the bow and arrow will certainly have that confiscated.
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 00:38
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yeah i reckon it's been photoshopped. I never saw a village dog looking that healthy before.
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Old 15th Nov 2011, 21:07
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Life was'nt meant to be easy ...

This photo shows MFU being dug out of a bog at Wassi Kussa in August 1985.

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Old 16th Nov 2011, 21:16
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MFU at KUM in PNG



Notes on the back of this picture say that it was taken at KUM (or could be KOM as it is a bit hard to read clearly).
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Old 17th Nov 2011, 21:14
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MFU at Wewak

Note on back says Wewak PNG

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Old 18th Nov 2011, 06:48
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Wonder if the guitar got there in one piece?
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Old 18th Nov 2011, 06:53
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old mate Ken on the right has some pretty smart duds. i guess they were all out of shoes at the shop
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Old 19th Nov 2011, 09:39
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View from up on the hill at LPA.

Tomorrow I'll show you what she looks like today.


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Old 20th Nov 2011, 19:47
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MFU today

Restoration has progressed, as at end of October 2011 she is standing back on her undercarriage for first time since 1989. I now have all the major components to complete the airframe with the arrival of a set of cowls last week. The wings are being sent away in December for rebuild at Scone. After that, it is big ticket items like systems/engine/prop/interior & avionics.






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Old 20th Nov 2011, 21:36
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MFU enhancements

Apart from a planned upgrade of avionics and instrument panels, the Pplonk undercarriage beef up has been installed, as well as grab handles for rear fuselage.





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Old 21st Nov 2011, 20:38
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Great work!
Long gone are the days of the $9000, C185!
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