Post by planecrazy on Sept 10, 2014 22:29:02 GMT 12
The small runway (3,000ft) on Lord Howe Island turned 40 years old today. On the 10/9/74 the last flying boat VH-BRC "Beachcomber" (Ex TEAL ZK-AMH, "Auckland") left the lagoon for the last time and the runway was opened for operations. A small ceremony was held on the island where the local school kids actually sang happy birthday to the runway. Our vital link to the mainland and our bringer of the Island's prosperity via tourism. Two RAAF C130Js came out and performed some semi formation flying over the island on a loverly spring day, as I type this a front has moved in and it's blowing and bucketing down outside, the ever changing weather out in the Tasman Sea!
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2017 7:41:19 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by nuuumannn on Sept 11, 2014 13:34:06 GMT 12
Great pictures, Planecrazy. Herc nacelles, called ESUs (Engine Support Units - self contained incorporating oil coller etc) are interchangeable, hence the colours. Also, if you look closely, the nacelles on the light coloured one are a slightly different shade of grey than the scheme on the darker grey aircraft. If you look at the image taken from under the darker grey Herc, you can see that the side cowls on the inboard engine is slightly darker than the surrounding grey. Rumour has it that this might be a heat supressing colour. A couple of other interchangeable bits going on, look closely at the pics of the aircraft on the runway and you'll see that a bit of swapping of wing leading edges has been going on too.
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Post by planecrazy on Sept 19, 2014 21:01:50 GMT 12
Last week we had two Herc's this week two air ambos. A New South Wales Air Ambulance came out last night for a not too serious evacuation then went un-servicable due to a damaged tyre. So today at 1pm a replacement machine showed up to take out the patient and bring spares to repair the disabled machine. First time in twenty two years I have lived here that two air ambo's on the island!
New this machine existed nice to meet the machine named after the island in the flesh.
It is very re-assurring to live in an isolated location have your family grow up and know that these machines and the crews that fly and work in them can come and save people in need. We will always be indebted to both the N.S.W. Air Ambulance service who perform the medical evacuations during the day and the RAAF with their Herc's who do it after dark. Thanks to you all, we and our visitors who you have and will continue to serve are grateful!
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2014 21:05:16 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Nov 18, 2014 13:53:29 GMT 12
This twin Tecnam took off today direct for Auckland from Lord Howe island flying time estimated to be six and a half hours! Designed by the same person who designed the Partenavia. Spoke to the pilot, Giovanni Nustrini , will be based at Ardmore.
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2014 13:55:43 GMT 12 by planecrazy