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Old 26th Apr 2012, 01:33
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What looks like MFE and the Porter( PNH or PNG) doing what it did best, using the parking bay to take off!

And the big long wingtip is?



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Old 26th Apr 2012, 02:53
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Originally Posted by tinpis
And the big long wingtip is?
My money is on DC-3

Couldn't find any photos from the same angle, but here's a couple that suggest similarity.





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Old 26th Apr 2012, 11:33
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Er.....correct, and the FO's name was Dennis?
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Old 26th Apr 2012, 22:00
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Lapalama 1977

P2-MFW at Lapalama in 1977, a Baptist Mission strip north of Mt Hagen. It's pilot that day said:

"It was one of a group of 5 strips which we shuttled between twice a week with around 12 20 flights per day. Quite steep, about 18% in the middle, with a sharp left turn needed straight after take-off ... a bit of a challenge".

When were body searches implimented in PNG ?

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Old 28th Apr 2012, 07:33
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Collected MFU's IO-520D engine complete FWF, as well as the 3-Blade Hartzell prop in the past week. Still good times to run on both and they will be mounted on airframe asap. On the way to collecting these major components, also picked up 3 vertical fins in various state of repairs in order to complete the upper section of my fin. Looking good and the airframe is now 99.5% complete !

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Old 28th Apr 2012, 12:24
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aha...the thing wot broke on tins 185 out of Lumi causing petrol smells rough running then silence
What is it called?

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Old 28th Apr 2012, 12:54
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Colloquially its called "the spider" and it maintains the pressure in the injector lines. Can't remember its proper name.

Many years ago the aero club where I was a member had a Comanche 260B which had one. There is a diaphragm in the middle with fuel on one side and air on the other, normally. This particular one had a pin hole in the diaphragm with led to much consternation when the engine lost power usually about 2 seconds after gear retraction.
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Old 30th Apr 2012, 11:34
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P2-MFUs elevators are on.

Boy's hung the elevators on past week or so to trial the fitting etc.
I think that when the tail feathers are on, I'll start to think we've got an airplane here !

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Old 1st May 2012, 22:47
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P2-MFU Maintenance Wewak

Great shot of MFU receiving maintenance at its Wewak MAF Base, I think around 1977 or so. These photo's are real time capsules and are being sent to me via the pilot's and LAME's that flew or worked on the C185 in that era. The engineer servicing MFU is Paulus.

In many cases, it's the first time they have seen the pictures themselves since taking them.


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Old 3rd May 2012, 23:14
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Repairs in the field

An interesting snap shot of MFU being repaired in the field, some where in PNG.

No cargo pod and lots of bits laying about. 44 gallon drums to drain fuel I assume and pushed over into the corner of the airstrip. From MFU's colour scheme this is most likely in the mid 70's and is possibly at Eleptamen 8 Oct 74 or another unidentified incident on 21 Nov 75.

She had accumulated some 2,955 TTSN by then, some 3 years 9 months since first flight at Ballarat 2 Feb 1972. Heavy utilisation.


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Yes the sox and shorts date it don't they
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Old 5th May 2012, 23:02
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Mt Hagan airport

Classic 185 profile of MAF's P2-MFU about to park at Mt Hagan airport approx 1977.

The vertical fin, rudder, tail cone, spring and tail wheel assy's are now back on MFU for first time since 25 August 1990, which by then it was operated by Bensbach Lodge in PNG.

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Old 8th May 2012, 01:48
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P2-MFU Fin and Tail wheel assy installed.

A couple of pictures of the new rebuilt vertical fin, tail cone, spring and 8" tail wheel/fork assy back on MFU after 22 years. The fin is mounted temporary to check fitting etc. The major components here came from the USA, NZ as well as AUS. Still chasing main wheel axle's and cowl flaps, if anyone can help ?



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Old 15th Jun 2012, 13:17
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Elusive Cowl Flaps and main wheel axles

Finally found set of cowl flap's and main wheel axles for MFU !
Project is now 100% complete.

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Old 18th Jun 2012, 07:45
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Wing status

Work has started on the wings from P2-MFU. Good news is that both are in very clean condition with no corrosion, Cessna certainly splashed the green paint around in those days. The LH wings will require only minimal work with some skins, leading edges etc, with the worst damage in the RH wing, which will require front and back outer spars, ribs and skins etc. All in all, great news for my budget.

The flap tracks are going to be replaced as well and dual 450w retractable lights added to the outboard section. Will post some pic's of the internals asap.

These are the wings when collected in 2010 including a spare set from 185-0100


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Old 24th Jun 2012, 22:40
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All that remains of P2-MFU's RH wing as it is disassembled for rebuild at Scone. Internals are in good order and this wing should be back together by end of July. This is the worst wing, with the LH one requiring minimal attention, other than new leading edges and some skins.

From the tear down, the hard life that these aircraft had in PNG was evident.







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Old 5th Jul 2012, 13:01
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Mini Update PNG C185E

P2-MFU's main wheels now arrived. When mounted on the airframe, the engine/prop will be fitted + by end of August, wing's will most likely be ready to re-install. Time to talk to the upholstery and avionics people. Electrics will be re-wired as 24v.


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Old 15th Jul 2012, 04:06
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MFU paint scheme's

Nice photo supplied to me showing the paint scheme MFU was wearing during its latter days in PNG, whilst operating out of Bensbach Lodge between 1985-90. On 25 August 1990, it ground looped at Balimo in the Western Province and was subsequently struck off the PNG register in 1996.

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P2-MFU at MAF facility

Nice profile shot of P2-MFU at the MAF facility Mt Hagen, as operated by Bensbach Lodge prior to 1990.

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