Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

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Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Sat 26 May 2018, 8:51 am

Have been fortunate to live on a little island in the Tasman Sea some 700klms NE of Sydney,
the World Heritage listed island's main industry tourism which is very controlled. Those of you
from the UK may remember some years ago a British Navy type 42 destroyer the Nottingham
had a little bingle with a rock off the east coast of the island in 2002. So back on topic we see
quite a lot of variety being a great refuelling spot in the middle of the Tasman for aeroplanes
transiting between NZ and Oz.

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This PAC XL750 on it’s way from New Guinea to New Zealand, Lord Howe direct
to New Zealand I think New Plymouth with all going to plan a flight time of around
six and a half hours!
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This chap came by for fuel last week
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Unusual rego on this one in and out briefly, again fuel and go.
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F rego she came from Tahiti.
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This Cessna 337F a mature old girl according to the net she was manufactered in
France in 1971!
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A couple of oldies copied from slides, the Sea Fury and the Cessna Dragonfly
from NZ went to Tasmania for an Aussie version of the reno races!
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Couple on there way to NZ via Norfolk the PAC XL750 and the Cheyenne.
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Local Regular Passenger Qantas Dash 8 100 climbing out on her way to Sydney.
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This Aerospatiale AS.355F1 Squirrel VH-HRU on the island for weed eradication.
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Kiwi C130 H
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Another oldie ex Alpine Fighter Collections Avenger on her way to a new owner
in Oz, again copied off slides.
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And on her way from Oz back to NZ some years later.
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My thanks to a spotter who gave me the drum on this one’s visit away for a repaint.
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Only the third Dash 8 300 I have seen visit a poor quality image below of the
second one, C-FCPO became ZK-NEA.
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This chappie had a hard landing badly damaged wing.
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Ouch, don’t think she will be flying home, $$$$$$$.
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On her way to China to join the others that are already there.
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Some more history, the island was served by Flyingboats for thirty two years,
During this period seven where washed ashore and damaged only two where
lost which is fairly impressive considering the isolated location and the exposed
nature of the lagoon. (Sorry for the quality copies of old slides!)

In 1963 Ansett’s “Pacific Cheaftain” VH-BRE had to overnight due to a storm and
that very storm got hold of her and washed her ashore. As the forecast was for
further bad weather a decision was made to refloat her without a port float and
move her to a more protected location.
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Sadly the starboard float collapsed with the wing falling into the rocks, she was
now too badly damaged to be repaired.
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She was pulled up onto the beach and striped of all usable items.
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Some of the island people actually approached Ansett, wanting to convert the
hull to a unique coffee shop come museum.
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Once everything of use was stripped the hull was taken to sea and scuttled.
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Seen at Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour not long after she arrived to serve Ansett.
Ex RNZAF NZ 4105, she was christened “Islander” (VH-BRC) with Ansett. She
was converted from a spartan military Sunderland to Sandringham configuration
by the Ansett engineers.

After only one and a half years in service with Ansett”Islander” was washed up
onto the same stretch of beach as her predecessor “pacific Cheaftain.”
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Islander had come ashore in fairly calm conditions, she was quickly repaired
and returned to provide faithful service for another eleven years.
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Here she is not long before the service came to a sad end in 1974.
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A wonderful late war shot of a RAAF PB2B2 “Black Cat” on Lord Howe island.
Love the wear and tear, the crews positions also note the rudder hasn’t been
repainted and the quality of the image.
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Another nice shot, from what I can make out the RAAF got 47 of the 67 late
model PB2B2 tall tailed Catalinas manufactured.
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More to come..........
Last edited by Wbirdnut on Sat 11 Aug 2018, 10:46 am, edited 2 times in total.

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Sat 26 May 2018, 3:46 pm

Fascinating history and a stunning location! An excellent post all round - thank you very much for sharing, I shall be on the lookout for future updates!

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Thu 31 May 2018, 6:43 am

Thanks, we get some different types and it's a beautiful location.

This ex RNZAF Kingair, NZ1881, in the back ground you can see her cousin VH-LNK,
ex NZ1885.
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Fuel and go on to Coolangatta and eventually a new home in Perth Western Australia.
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I am fortunate that the RAAF bring their C130J’s out quite often so tried a new
spot with a new lens.
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Different spot for different angles and better light.
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Bit arty with the ground equipment.
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The runway on Lord Howe Island is only 3,000ft so calls for some piloting skill!
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So lucky we can get so close and with a new lens even closer!
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This one shot at a very slow speed 1/40th at F20, bit soft, bit overexposed but
love the blurred background.
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Bonus, when she parked a rainbow showed up behind her!
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Partenavia been based at Ardmore NZ for many years off to a new home in North
Queensland in Oz.
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Very wet Airtractor on it's way to Hamilton, NZ via Lord Howe Island.
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Brand new Kingair on her way to the RNZAF!
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Just a beautiful day out in the Tasman Sea.
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Taking on fuel for the flight direct to Ohakea, in the back ground you can see
ex NZ 1885 waiting to be shipped off the island, more on her soon.
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You can see the covered up markings with a little bit of the roundel peaking through.
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Three more to come apparently, I guess they may or may not come my way?
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The old and the new, ex NZ 1885 and VH-ZPE soon the be NZ ????
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Following a few pic’s I have taken as this machine has been dismantled
for eventual shipping off the island.
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Wings off engines next.
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Good pic for a caption???????
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Plan is to ship her off as she sits problem is there is one small stretch of road
which is too narrow, so talk is she is barged to the ship then craned onto the
deck, more pic’s of this when it happens, as she sits at present.
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ZK-TPL and ZK-ECE arrived yesterday and took off today mid morning heading
for Port Macquarie.
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Our air terminal telling everybody where they are.
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Buccaneer Lord Howe and Norfolk island on her way to New Zealand.
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DA-40D Diamond Star went west over my home and strangely quiet with it’s
diesel power plant. The American registered twin went east Norfolk then on to NZ.
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Thank you to my MRC mate who keeps me in touch with visitors that are due,
plane spotters “pig in mud” day today, two going in different directions landed
within 20 mins of each other, that doesn’t happen very often!

The second of the four brand new RNZAF Kingairs came through for a fuel and go.
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In the opposite direction a PAC XL750 going to the New Gunea military.
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Commented to the pilots, sign of the peaceful times we are fortunate to live in,
two civil aeroplanes being used for military purposes.
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Pity the military markings are covered up.
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Then I did a bit more snooping.
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In front of our flash new air terminal.
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Have to say the Kingair from any angle is a nice looking machine.
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I’m happy to be told off re my next comment, the PAC XL750 on the other
hand while practical looking is not so handsome!?
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Beauty in the eye of the beholder I guess!
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Thu 31 May 2018, 10:14 am

Thansk for sharing those, very interesting set. It is certainly in the middle of nowhere! Love the flying boats BTW! :yahoo:

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Thu 31 May 2018, 10:45 am

Fascinating stuff, thanks so much for sharing :-)

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Thu 31 May 2018, 11:36 am

Awesome post, thanks for taking the time to share :clap: :clap:

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Sun 03 Jun 2018, 5:58 am

Echoing others comments, Fantastic stuff indeed! Brilliant,keep 'em coming!

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Sun 03 Jun 2018, 9:52 pm

Thank you for the kind comments folks, while I intend to post machines as they visit will
delve back into my collection for some visitors from the past before some of these some
pic's of the island's 3,000ft runway out in the Tasman Sea. In the middle of the ocean
surrounded by hills, refered to by pilots as the runway of cross winds and turbulence!

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Here's some modern large military visitors from days gone by, posted the Herc
ones in the C130 thread as well.
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy)

Mon 04 Jun 2018, 8:14 am

:clap: :clap:

T28 Trojan on Lord Howe Island

Thu 05 Jul 2018, 6:21 am

New addition to the New Zealand Warbird scene, not my pic's currently in the Uk
but I have my spies, she's a beauty! Looks pretty close to a twin of the other
T28 that's already in NZ?
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Tue 10 Jul 2018, 5:32 pm

Great stuff, great to read a little bit about the aircraft and history too. Keep them coming!

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Thu 16 Aug 2018, 9:10 pm

This long range Jet Ranger on her way to Noumea via Lord Howe Island then
Norfolk island, long way over water.
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Was surprised to find out yesterday one of the three Qantaslink Dash 8 200s
has had a new livery applied, bit of a retro look to her.
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Fri 12 Oct 2018, 8:44 am

Finally got the word that the long time stranded ex RNZAF King Air is on her
way back to the mainland, here she is waiting to be loaded onto the ship.
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Just managed to get a pick before the ship took her back to Port Macquarie
as deck cargo.
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 5:25 am

This Diamond DA 42 is an around-the-worlder, started from home base in Austria.
Today Lord Howe Island to Auckland, after that some islands north of NZ then
eventually Easter Island and North America, longest leg is of the whole journey
estimated 10 hours if good 12 hours if conditions not so good!
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 8:30 am

:shock: my god, what a location!!

Superb set of images :clap:

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Thu 25 Oct 2018, 6:15 pm

Thanks for keep sharing these, always good to see some of the remoter corners of the world.

Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Fri 26 Oct 2018, 6:52 am

Thanks folks, 182 from NZ then Norfolk to Lord Howe then Ballina on the east
coast of Oz this afternoon.
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Little bit unusual, configured as a parachute jump ship.
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Fri 02 Nov 2018, 2:56 am

Cessna 185 on it’s way to the bottom of the south island NZ, from OZ via LDH
and NLK, flown by Hayden Death with Steven Death in the right hand seat.
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Re: Lord Howe Island (pic heavy on going diary)

Mon 12 Nov 2018, 9:27 am

Busy afternoon today, Trinidad overnighting, not sure of it’s next destination,
will do some digging.
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Air Ambulance in and out for a non serious evacuation.
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Little Citation only on the ground for half an hour.
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