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  1. I was sent some really interesting photos today taken in the 60s of flying in Papua New Guinea. They say that a pilot is not a pilot unless they've flown and survived in PNG. I thought I'd share one or two and the information about each photo Hopefully they will appear in the correct order : Photo 1 - The famous Wau airstrip. 1966. This airfield was built by gold mining pioneer Cecil Levien in 1927. The first landing was by β€œPard” Mustar in a de Havilland 37 belonging to Guinea Gold Airways, Lae. Shortly thereafter many aircraft types, including the giant Junkers G-31 tri-motors were landing huge loads at Wau in support of the mining operation here and up at Edie Creek (centre above the cloud base). At 3475 feet above sea level and with almost a 10% slope, it was an ideal New Guinea airfield. During January 1942, Japanese forces from Salamaua and via the Black Cat Gap attacked Wau and were defeated by the Australian Kanga Force. The Japs got to the bottom boundary of the drome and Australian soldiers, landing in DC-3s with artillery, pushed them back. Photo 2 - Talair C/185 VH-GKC near Omkalai. 1966. That’s the Wahgi River down below. Photo 3 - The Asaloka Gap- near Goroka- 1966. A minimum altitude of 7600 feet was advisable to comfortably get through, using correct New Guinea bush flying technique. Always use the oblique approach when crossing a gap. With a downdraught, engine failure or misjudgment you can more easily turn away, a shallow turn rather than a full 180 degree turn. Such gaps, when almost clouded in (imagine only the sharp V being open here) could be very tempting to try to fly through. Many fatal crashes happened because pilots took the chance. There are some big mountains around here, nearby Mt Wilhelm is 14,793 feet high. Photo 4 - Rough country. Cessna 185 landing at Marawaka. Like Wonenara, it is the land of the Kukukukus. The most feared tribes in New Guinea. Wonenara airstrip. North of Marawaka and north of the Kratke Range. Poison arrow country.
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    The Netherlands|Scheveningen

    Great photos of the Tall Ships. I remember when they sailed into Sydney Harbour as part of the bi-centenial celebrations, it was a great sight. My parents then lived in a house built on the side of a cliff overlooking the harbour and we were lucky to be on leave from New Guinea. We all sat on their patio and sipped champagne (I think the guys drank beer) and watched the parade of ships.
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    Flying in Papua New Guinea

    Koach that gap is the one we all flew through to get home to Goroka where we were living in the 70s and 80s .. if the gap was clouded in, the planes turned back. They say that if a pilot has flown and survived in Papua New Guinea, they can fly anywhere in the world. There is one airport that was, at one time, the busiest airport in the world, due to the discovery of gold and the flights in and out with equipment. Some say it was Wau (the strip in the top photo) but I believe it was a different one but still in the same timeframe. With mineral discoveries and wars and the only way to get around New Guinea being by air, there's a lot of flying in often hazardous conditions.
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    Flying in Papua New Guinea

    We all stay away from the Kukukukus .. they are a very short race and very fierce .. they are fantastic security guards too My favourite photo is the second one of the pilot looking up to the aircraft with the cameraman on board. I love the detail and the river down below, very typical of what we saw when we were flying to and from in PNG
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    Aussie - o

    LOL yes Koach !!
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    Aussie - o

    I saw this today and thought I would share. In Australia many words end in "o" .. see below: The well earned work break is the smoko Household rubbish is taken by the garbo We fill our cars with petrol from the servo When it is the afternoon, that is the arvo People in an ugly mood are being aggro A typographical error is known as a typo Time off with a work injury, is the compo Cost-effective wine, is drunk by the wino The unfortunate down and out is a derro The Ambulance Paramedic, is the Ambo Home delivered milk is done by the milko Upgrading the home is also giving a reno The name for the liquor store is a bottle-o Our car registration that's due is the rego The newspaper journalist is also a journo And good charity work is done by a Salvo The leader of the Opposition Party is Albo The Prime Minister of Australia, is ScoMo
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    Weird Cloud

    Looks like a shelf cloud - they form at the start of storms, sometimes strong thunderstorms
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    New camera..

    LOL !!!!!!!!!
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    Dinner Time

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    R.I.P. Gizmo

    R.I.P Gizmo ... silip isi xx
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    Well done ! You could stack some more planter boxes on the balcony and up the railing (they make them especially for that purpose these days) and grow your own vegetables ..a perfect spot
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    Panda the hunter

    Of course lol
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    Panda the hunter

    Breakfast .. with some tasty bacon and a couple of fried eggs of course !!
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    New car!

    That's how we do it in our family, Abi has her eye on my Swift but I'm not ready to part with it just yet so we'll find something else for her when the time comes in a few months
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    Holiday Time

    It's one of a few blue water holes around the island of Efate, Koach. We knew of it and thankfully when we got there it wasn't full of people. I few local residents having a swim and tha'ts about it.
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    Holiday Time

    Here are a few photos of our holiday. We visited Noumea and Lifou in New Caledonia and Port Vila in Vanuatu In the bus in Noumea Flowers in the market in Port Vila The Blue Hole in Port Vila a great swimming spot
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    Letttttt's get ready to rumble!

    Good heavens she's savage !!!!!! You need to get some of those shin pads that hockey players wear and strap them to your arms and legs lol
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    Het Is Koers !!!!!

    Is that a road cycling race ?
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    Ahh! Sweet Romance

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    Today Super Moon !!!!!

    Thanks for the photos, it was so clouded in here due to a tropical depression that the supermoon wasn't at all visible ...
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    It finally snowed (a little)

    That is beautiful
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    Self driven car

    LOL πŸ˜‚
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    Sparrow guarding the house

    GO sparrow !!!!!!!!
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    I was wondering earlier if you get the "diamond ring" with a lunar eclipse, I think you do
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all ( :

    Happy New Year Monica, may all your days be peasants !!!