Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Norman on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 11:08 pm

Here is a few pics of The Box Kites flight on 2/3/2014 It was truly something to see, although i have travelled to UK and seen one airborne at Old Warden to see one fly after being built at the base and flown for the 100th anniversary was very special indeed

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Norm
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Red Dragon on Tue 11 Mar 2014, 11:17 pm

Wow!

As I said in another Point Cook thread, last time I saw it (October 2012), it was still being put together and one of the helpers said they were racing against time to get her up and running in time. Glad to see they made it :smile:
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Robin Williams (21/08/1951 – 11/08/2014) RIP
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Mike on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 10:14 am

Actually it has the same span lower wing as the OW example, and a longer-span upper wing with an extra set of 'balancers' (similar to ailerons, but they only move in the 'down' position)
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Pablo on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 1:19 pm

Excellent images of a pretty historic moment. The light really adds to them - quite ethereal.
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby StuWeston on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 7:47 pm

Lovely photos, is that another seat i see? It would be amazing to fly in that!
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Norman on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 7:52 pm

Thank you for the positive feedback

Yes it is another seat, i wonder if they will ever use it !

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Norman

Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Norman on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 7:59 pm

Here are a few others from the weekend

Caribou gets airborne after a short take off run

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The world's only flying Lockheed Hudson

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Commonwealth Aircraft Corp Sabre

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I have more if anyone is interested

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Norm
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Red Dragon on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 8:18 pm

The Hudson seems a lot more photogenic and lower there at Point Cook than it was at Avalon, I ended up getting virtual silhouettes as she was just at the wrong height and angle :sad: Did "Grey Nurse" or the Canberra fly?
Rik Mayall (07/03/1958 – 09/06/2014) RIP
Robin Williams (21/08/1951 – 11/08/2014) RIP
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby Norman on Wed 12 Mar 2014, 8:22 pm

Grey Nurse did fly !
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Re: Box Kite flight RAAF Point Cook Australia

Postby ErrolC on Thu 13 Mar 2014, 5:46 am

Here's a close-up of the seating (taken in the RAAF Museum Restoration hangar on Feb 28th
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Boxkite seating by errolgc, on Flickr

And the balancers
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Boxkite wing controls at rest by errolgc, on Flickr

It was an unexpected bonus to see it fly on Sunday! I flew over from Auckland for 4 nights, fortunately I was able to get onto the base on the Friday (the RAAF Museum being closed to the public on the Thursday and Friday).
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