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TAA Cessna 180's in PNG

Old 4th Oct 2012, 22:30
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Some where in PNG

MAF people sent me this picture from their archives, but no info on the aircraft or times were available. But would be in the 60's I expect.


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Old 4th Oct 2012, 23:55
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Early sixties if that's an HF trailing antenna cone on the tail.
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Old 5th Oct 2012, 08:03
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HF..spare a moment to reflect on all those who suffered under that bloody system.."Madang...Madang ...Madang....er..Goroka?..er...anyone?"
Spent a morning working Honolulu once, clear as a bell....he telexed Moresby for me.
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Old 5th Oct 2012, 21:13
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Nothing has changed then Tinpis. . .
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Old 6th Oct 2012, 01:05
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HF in PNG

The said HF as installed in VH-BVY.

Love old photo's, makes me appreciate the modern cockpit layout today and how much the latest avionics and engine equipment has improved.


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Old 7th Oct 2012, 02:43
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Hi Skywagon - some major swarfe under that wing jig! Seriously though, nice work; love to see the passion being put into rebirthing our classic aeroplanes. Well done.
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Old 19th Oct 2012, 05:20
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P2-MFU Vertical Fin complete

MFU's fin is now complete with rear spar and lower rib installed again. The rudder is hung again also for trial fitting. My baby is slowly taking shape. RH wing is now finished rebuild at Scone, with LH assy well advanced. Wings should be back with airplane by Christmas !


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Old 27th Oct 2012, 10:14
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Retractable work lights

One of the changes that will be added to MFU is two 450w retractable landing lights in the outboard wing sections. This RH outer skin panel has not been added as yet, with the ribs yet to be modified to allow the light housing to fit, together with the stiffener and reinforcement plate etc.

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Old 15th Mar 2013, 02:46
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Wings completed P2-MFU

Just an update if interested. MFU's wings were completed March 2013 and ready for shipping back to the airframe at Lismore NSW. Both wings were a full disassembly whilst the RH unit was the worst affected. Added a couple of mod's like Flap Gap Seals and 450w retractable Landing Lights. With a small job to do to complete the horizontal stabiliser, the airframe is now complete.

Hope to post a pictures soon of her all together again !

Have a spare set of damaged 185 wings for sale if anyone is chasing some. My man says they are rebuildable OK.







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Old 16th Mar 2013, 04:15
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Looking very nice...great job.

If you are going to use it in and out of tight places evidently the flap gap seals do ruin the Fowler flap effect for just a small increase in rate of climb and cruise speed.
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Old 16th Mar 2013, 04:59
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I haven't noticed a change in stall or approach speed with flap gap seals from flaps 20 to 40. The big change is climb rate and cruise speed (3-5 MPH increase). This, with Sportsman cuff, WingX extensions and VG's on my 185E.
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Old 22nd Apr 2013, 23:12
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Received this photo of MFU flying over the PNG Lowlands. The Australian prefix suggests that it was taken between 1972 and May 1974 when it changed to the local P2 rego. Lot's of detail available in this old black & white for its ongoing resto.

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Old 27th Apr 2013, 04:39
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Fantastic thread

And a great source for my thesis.

Thanks all!
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Old 28th Apr 2013, 22:14
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And a great source for my thesis.

What are you studying, sounds interesting ?
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Old 30th Apr 2013, 13:28
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180's and 185s from the Ben Dannecker collection


2013-04-30_19 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_27 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_28 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_29 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_32 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_47 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_48 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_53 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr

2013-04-30_54 by wallycacsabre, on Flickr
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Old 2nd May 2013, 02:21
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Studying

Writing on a doctoral thesis in history.

Proposing doing a study of civil aviation in PNG. I loved the place when I went in the mid-90s.
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Old 5th May 2013, 22:16
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cacsabre, great 180/185 pictures, I did not realise that there was a few of them on floats, in particular the MAF aircraft. Anymore available from up there ?
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Old 6th May 2013, 00:12
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Em Tasol

Em Tasol on the PNG C180/C185 pics..you get my PM?

cheers
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Old 6th Aug 2013, 12:40
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July 1983

Nice clear photo of P2-MFU taken by MAF pilot Terry Burn in July 1983 at Wewak. She is 12 years old at this stage !
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Old 12th Aug 2013, 01:46
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P2-MFU being refuelled at Tekin PNG

MAF pilot Terry Burns has found some more photo's of MFU and illustrates the life these workhorses had in PNG. Photography is excellent !


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