Lord Howe Island (on going diary)

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Wbirdnut
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A couple today Cessna on her way to NZ.
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Always had a soft spot for the CT4 and her predecessor the Air Tourer, on her way
to a new home in Victoria Australia, Keri Keri, Lord Howe Island, Gold Coast.
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I’m guessing the crown necked Kiwi dripping blood, an air force logo?
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farnboroughrob
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Great to see the Airtourer, very rare in the UK now. Only about a dozen left from the 60's when they were assembled over here. Please keep up with the photos.

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Thanks Rob, didn't know the Airtourer was made in the UK.
I vaguely remember there was nearly a deal done with the
RAF to buy the military version the Air Trainer, fell threw
over some politicking from memory?

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If my memory is correct they were assembled from kits by a company called Glos-Air. I guess they must have built about 40 or so in the mid 60's, before my time. Nice aircraft but had problems compeating on price with the American products. Not sure about the RAF deal with the Airtrainer, but guess that was the order won by the Bulldog? Probably lots of political preassure to secure jobs at home back then. Sadly I don't think any Airtrainers have made it to Europe so far?

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Here’s an oldie, 1996 Mooney sneaked in this arvo, she’s over-nighting so will
try and get the drum? Only the second 'F' registered aeroplane I can remember
going through in 28 years!
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Another unusual rego just after midday this XL 750 called in for fuel on her
way home to New Guinea after some repairs in New Zealand.
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Couple of nice catches. F-O registered aircraft are pretty rare, that one is from the Aero Club on New Caladonian thats a long 800 miles of nothing, I guess via Norfolk Island? Rather him than me!

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Came via Norfolk, went back yesterday direct,
1,350klms or as you say 838 miles over only ocean!

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Britain-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander ex ZK-MCD now VH-IZH today Keri Keri,
New Zealand via Lord Howe Island on to the Gold Coast, Australia then to a
new home in the Torres Straits, Australia.
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Caught this handsome Conquest this morning, long time UK resident on her
way to a new home in New Zealand. Arrived in Auckland around two hours ago,
Lord Howe Island to Auckland 1,600 odd klms in three and a half hours speedy
and a looker, gotta love that!
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Love those, saw that several times at Staverton. Thats the great thing about this hobby that aircraft can suddenley( well in a week anyway) go from the UK to the middle of the pacific! It was ex ZK-LIM so assume it will be restored as that?

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Couple more from yesterday, couldn’t get any closer to these two as working
at the time, 185 I guess heading to NZ, been a few tail draggers this year!
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The 172 flew LDH to AKL direct around 8 hours flying time, wow that is a long
time over the briny!
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Check the Flightaware link below!
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/VHE ... /YLHI/NZAA

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Glad everyone's okay the 185 that came through the other day end up on it's roof.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/new ... in-motueka

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Thats such a shame, but Cessns 185 are tough aircraft, they can be rebuilt unlike the humans inside the.

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What an interesting set of pictures. very interesting to see what comes through your neck of the woods...or sea.

Keep 'em coming.

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Thanks wallace.

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Pitts S-2C (VH XSC), this one showed up today, 390 miles from Taree on the east coast
of Australia to Lord Howe Island. Fuel and go to Norfolk Island 557 miles, over water
the whole way!
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Wbirdnut wrote:Pitts S-2C (VH XSC), this one showed up today, 390 miles from Taree on the east coast
of Australia to Lord Howe Island. Fuel and go to Norfolk Island 557 miles, over water
the whole way!
What ever they were paying him to ferry that, it wasn't enough!

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Can only come up with five other bi planes that have crossed the Tasman
Sea via Lord Howe Island, I’m pretty sure that’s it!

Francis Chichester in 1931
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Tiger Moth in 1980s?
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AN2 in the 1990s.
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Two Beech Staggerwings in the mid 2000’s.
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